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Kuroda Kiyotaka leader
Victor of the campaign against shogunate rebels on Ezo, Kuroda later became the prime minister of Japan.
Strengths: He was a strategic thinker and was willing to spare an enemy commander. Weaknesses: He supposedly had a hot temper, especially when drunk.
Chōshū Kiheitai key unit
The Chōshū Kiheitai was an armed militia made up of volunteers from at least five domains in Japan that supported the Meiji restoration. Strengths: They were welldisciplined and had the most up-to-date weapons. Weaknesses: The volunteers relied on donations from their wealthy supporters.
Gatling Gun key Weapon
Named for its inventor, Richard Gatling, this hand-cranked weapon increased firepower with devastating results against massed enemy troops.
Strengths: It produced a heavy volume of rapid fire. Weaknesses: It was difficult to transport overland and had the potential to overheat.