Yang Xuiqing (Magill’s Guide to Military History)
Article abstract: Military significance: Yang was probably the most important adviser to Hong Xiuquan, who, after a dream, proclaimed himself the younger brother of Jesus and led the Taiping Rebellion against the Chinese imperial dynasty.
Yang Xiuqing, although illiterate, was an intuitive military tactician and generally competent military administrator. Initially, he was one of the five kings under Hong Xiuquan and had a large role in their military success, including a victory at Wuchang (1853), as they marched northward to their self-proclaimed capital city, Nanjing, which they took in 1853. After the battle deaths of two fellow kings, Yang became Hong’s principal military and civilian adviser. Yang experienced trances in which God allegedly spoke through his voice. During some traces, he used the “voice of God” to criticize Hong’s excessive behavior. Because Hong believed he was God’s son, he accepted this criticism for a time. However, fearing Yang wanted to replace him as leader, Hong had Yang and some six thousand supporters killed. Hong then turned on those he had kill Yang and had them killed with their supporters. Subsequently, he found he had no one capable of defending his conquests against the Chinese imperial dynasty, which had gained the aid of Westerners who had become disenchanted with Hong’s radically untraditional views of Christianity.
Hsu, Immanuel C. Y....
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