Sokaku Takeda Biography (4) by Tokimune Takeda

The object of their alliance was to raise an army around the cause of loyalty to the Emperor. Their intention was to clear the imperial court of corrupt elements and to restore order by suppressing rebellions throughout the nation. However, when the western army (the main body of the Satsuma-Choshu Alliance) invaded in large forces under the imperial standard, the member clans quickly surrendered to the western army one after the other leaving only the Aizu clan.


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