- Rider(s):Ii Naomasa
(1561 –1602) was a general under the later shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ii Naomasa joined the ranks of the Tokugawa clan in the mid-1570s. Naomasa initially garnered mass attention at the Battle of Nagakute (1584), commanding around three thousand musketeers with distinction and defeating the forces led by Ikeda Tsuneoki. After Naomasa helped insure victory during the siege of Odawara (1590) by breaching the castle walls and contributing to the Hojo clan’s surrender, he was given Minowa Castle in Kozuke and 120,000 koku, the largest amount of land owned by any of the Tokugawa retainers. Naomasa’s finest hour was to come at the Battle of Sekigahara, where his unit outpaced those of other generals, drawing the “first blood” of that battle. However, as the fighting was dying down, Naomasa was shot and wounded by a stray bullet. Ii Naomasa’s premature death in 1602 has been widely blamed on the wound he received at Sekigahara.
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