Battle of Toba-Fushimi

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    with her Spencer repeating rifle along with other Aizu warriors. The battle was lost and Aizu was defeated and soon after Shonosuke and she devoiced. Yae and her family moved to Kyoto to live with her brother and his second wife. While there Yae worked at a Western school and took lessons in English with Doctor JD Davis, who also taught Sunday school. She married her second husband Joseph “Jo” Hardy Neesima, also known as Jo Niijima, on December 3, 1876 and both of them founded Doshisha University and Doshisha Girls ' School a year later where Yae became an etiquette teacher. Jo passed away in January of 1890, and in April of that year Yae joined the Japanese Red Cross as a nurse and she served as a nurse during the first Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War. Yae passed away on June 14, 1932 at the age of 86. While Christianity did not play a heavy role in her life, Yae was a convert from Shintoism, there were events that not only helped her decide to convert, but strengthen her resolve in Christianity. One of the biggest things Christianity did play in her life was to teach her forgiveness. She actually began to question the concept of forgiveness in Doctor Davis’ Sunday classes, which her brother suggested she go to learn western ideas and English. The reason why she questioned forgiveness was because of the Boshin War and the Bakumatsu; she lost her younger brother Saburo in the battle of Toba-Fushimi and her father during the siege of Aizuwakamatsu Castle. After…

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