Siege of Namwon
|Siege of Namwon|
|Part of Imjin War|
|Japanese Left Army||
Korean GarrisonMing army
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
|Siege of Namwon|
|Revised Romanization||Namwon Jeontu|
The Siege of Namwon was a military engagement that occurred from 23 September to 26 September 1597. It ended in Japanese victory.
The Japanese began by sending 100 soldiers to test the fort's defenses.
On 24 September, the Japanese filled the trench with straw and earth. Then they took shelter in the burned out houses in the city.
On 25 September, the Japanese asked the defenders to surrender, but they refused.
In the night of 26 September, the Japanese bombarded Namweon for two hours while their men climbed the walls and used fresh straw to create a ramp to the top. Unable to burn the moist rice stalks, the defenders were helpless against the Japanese onslaught. The fortress fell.
Yang Yuan managed to break the Japanese encirclement and escape with 100 men. He reached Jeonju only to find it deserted. The Ming commander assigned to the city's defense, Chen Youyuan, not only ignored the call for help Yang had sent him, but fled the moment news of Namweon's fall arrived. Yang continued to Hanseong and arrived in the following week.
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