Ushikawa no Ii Katsumori Roku-i writes:
Having just returned from the fighting of the brigands, I sit to pen this letter on the 10th day of the 4th month of Hokuan 2 from my domicile in Okamizu-han, Ushikawa-shu.
As you are no doubt aware, our lord called us to action to defend the livestock of the province, which were apparently being stolen by brigands. While archers shot from afar, others marched into the woods to do battle.
And glorious the battle was! We were all shocked to find ourselves fighting not brigands, but honorable and well-trained warriors. The battle started off with the roar of the teppo, and soon after the sides closed into range. In the woods, metal rang--surely great enough to reach up to the Heavens and bring down the Celestial Gaze upon the deeds done this day. At first, it seemed that the battle was lopsided, and that it would surely be over quickly, but as the fighting dragged on through the day, the favor of fate seemed to swing between each party in an unknowable tide.
My friend and ally, Takeda Akimasa, was taken out with a wound early on. He had already been fighting for some time before the main forces had engaged, and his actions took a heavy toll on his body. Stepping in to avenge the casualty of my friend, I grabbed the naginata he had and waded into battle with the rest of our comrades.
We fought with bands within and without. The gallant fighters of Galatia, from the Land of Mark, showed up, and their superior tactics and unit cohesion won them great praise. They consistently pushed their adversaries back--only shear numbers were able to counter their well-trained warriors, and even in that they arose victorious.
Throughout the woods of the province, fighters clashed. How many deeds may go unknown and forgotten, sealed upon the lips of those who have gone to sleep forever? We may never know. By the end of the day, the death toll was high. I felt as though my own heart had been stabbed through again and again, such was the great loss of life. Yet, this costly sacrifice has secured the woods and borders of our land. At least for now--who knows what great dangers may lie in the coming year?
Ushikawa no Ii Katsumori Roku-i