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enomoto takeaki leader
Refusing to surrender, Enomoto proclaimed the northern Republic of Ezo, lost the Boshin War and survived to serve the emperor. Strengths: He was shrewd and diplomatic but a resolute opponent of Meiji.
Weaknesses: He refused to acknowledge defeat until Hakodate.
shinsengumi key unit
Originally a shogunate police force, the Shinsengumi were elite fighters. Hijikata Toshizō was supposedly a commander of the unit.
Strengths: Well-trained and tenacious, they used modern and traditional Samurai weapons. Weaknesses: They were a relatively small force and the leaders were quickly lost in war.
Minié rifle key Weapon
Used by both sides, the Minié rifle fired a large bullet and was supplied by the French and British. Strengths: It was accurate and had rapid muzzle loading.
Weaknesses: It was later eclipsed by more efficient breechloading rifles.