Battle of Toba-Fushimi - Combat of 27 January

Combat of 27 January

On 27 January 1868 (Japanese calendar: 正月3日), Tokugawa Yoshinobu, based at Osaka Castle, south of Kyoto, started to move his troops north to Kyoto, through two main roads, one being the Toba road (鳥羽街道), and the other the Fushimi road (伏見街道). Altogether about 13,000 troops were moving forward, although they were widely spread out, leaving about 8,500 for the action at Toba-Fushimi. The overall commander (Rikugun Bugyō) of the operation was Takenaka Shigekata.

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