- Battle of Shizugatake
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Shizugatake
Ōmi Province, near Lake Biwa
combatant2=forces loyal to
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Kato Kiyomasa, Fukushima Masanori
Shibata Katsuie, Sakuma Morimasa
The nihongo|Battle of Shizugatake|賤ヶ岳の戦い|Shizugatake no Tatakai was a battle in
Sengoku period Japanbetween supporters of Toyotomi Hideyoshiand Oda Nobutaka. In May, 1583, a former general of Nobunaga's named Shibata Katsuiecoordinated a number of simultaneous attacks on Shizugatake was held by Hideyoshi's general Nakagawa Kiyohide. Sakuma Morimasaattacked on orders from Shibata Katsuie, and Nakagawa was killed, but the fortress' defenses held. Hearing that Hideyoshi was coming with reinforcements, Sakuma ordered his men to break the siege lines and prepare to defend themselves.
Hideyoshi's army pushed Sakuma's forces into a rout and pursued them back to Shibata Katsuie's fortress at
Kitanosho Castle(Fukui) in Echizen province. They seized the castle but not before Shibata set the keep on fire, killed his family and committed " seppuku".
Hideyoshi's chief seven generals in this battle earned a great degree of fame and honor, and came to be known as the "shichi-hon yari" or 'Seven Spears' of Shizugatake.
* Sansom, George (1961). "A History of Japan: 1334-1615." Stanford: Stanford University Press.
* Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.
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