|Pyongyang, Korea, 15 September 1894|
|He led 3,500 soldiers defending the Hyongmu Gate () in the
north part of the walled city of Pyongyang (capital of today's North Korea). He met his fate
on 15 September 1894, while commanding his men up on the ramparts of the city wall.
He was wearing his yellow court robe (huang ma gua), apparently to show his loyalty and determination.
Reputed to be "the bravest of all [Chinese generals]," Zuo was frequently cited in contemporary Japanese war reports and depicted in war prints.
One Chinese short story written by Zhenyong around the 1930s has him captured by
the Japanese. Refusing to surrender, he gave himself up to fate -- so the short story goes.
"Korea's oldest city, Pyongyang was founded, according to legend, in 1122 B.C." -- Columbia Encyclopedia
|Yellow Sea, 17 September 1894|
|Deng, captain of the 2,300-ton cruiser Chih Yuan,
and his crew's fate was sealed when their vessel was hit by a torpedo
during the world-famous Battle of the Yellow Sea, the first full-scale
confrontation between two national fleets of ironclads in modern times.
Lin's 2,850-ton cruiser, Ching Yuan, and the entire crew also met their fate in the same afternoon.
It may be noted that all of the highest-ranking naval officers -- the Admiral and the
captains of the two battleships -- held themselves responsible, in the ultimate way.
Weihaiwei, Shandong Province, 1894-1895 They sealed
their own fate
Ding Yuchang, Admiral of the Peiyang (North Ocean) Fleet
Liu Buchan, Captain of the battleship Ting Yuan
Lin Taizeng , Captain of the battleship Chen Yuan
Yang Yonglin , Acting Captain of Chen Yuan
Zhang Wenxuan , Commander of the land forces on Liugongdao Island
From the Gardener: Louis Chor. Canada, December 1997. Revised October 2016
It may be noted that all of the highest-ranking naval officers -- the Admiral and the captains of the two battleships -- held themselves responsible, in the ultimate way.