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Yamamoto Yaeko, Gunner at Aizu
The Boshin War was a Japanese civil war between imperial forces and the Tokugawa shogunate.

Yamamoto Yaeko (1845-1942), who fought as a gunner during the defense of Aizu in the Boshin War (1868-9).

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Another of the Aizu region's female samurai defenders was Yamamoto Yaeko (1845-1932). Her father was a gunnery instructor for the daimyo of the Aizu domain, and young Yaeko was a highly skilled shooter.

After the final defeat of the shogunate forces in 1869, Yamamoto Yaeko moved to Kyoto to look after her brother, Yamamoto Kakuma. He was taken prisoner by the Satsuma clan in the closing days of the Boshin War, and presumably received harsh treatment at their hands.

Yaeko soon became a Christian convert, and married a preacher. She lived to a ripe old age, and helped to found Doshisha University, a Christian school in Kyoto.

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