Battle of Qichun

The Battle of Qichun took place in June 223 between the state of Cao Wei and the kingdom of Wu during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history.

Battle of Qichun
Part of the wars of the Three Kingdoms period
DateJune 223
Qichun, northern bay of the Yangtze River, southwest of Chaohu Lake.
Result Wu victory
Cao Wei Kingdom of Wu
Commanders and leaders
Jin Zong He Qi

After the Battle of Dongkou, a Wu general Jin Zong (晋宗) defected to Wei and moved north of the Yangtze River to the new Wei outpost at Qichun. In response, Sun Quan sent He Qi to supervise Mi Fang (麋芳), Xianyu Dan (鮮于丹), Liu Shao (劉邵) and Hu Zong[1][2] to attack Qichun by advancing up the river. However, the weather was extremely hot and most of the Wu forces began to withdraw. Jin Zong, in response, let down his guard. This allowed He Qi to penetrate the Wei army and capture the rebel. Thus, the rebellion was quashed. This occurred at the southern slopes of the Dabie Shan.[3]


  1. ^ (初,晉宗為戲口將,以眾叛如魏,還為蘄春太守,圖襲安樂,取其保質。權以為恥忿,因軍初罷,六月盛夏、出其不意,詔齊督麋芳、鮮于丹等襲蘄春,遂生虜宗。) Sanguozhi vol. 60.
  2. ^ (吴将晋宗叛归魏,魏以宗为蕲春太守,去江数百里,数为寇害。权使综与贺齐轻行掩袭,生虏得宗,加建武中郎将。) Sanguozhi vol. 62.
  3. ^ De Crespigny, Rafe. Online Publications. (In the summer of 223, Sun Quan's general He Qi attacked and eliminated an outpost of Wei in the new commandery territory of Qichun, on the southern slopes of the Dabie Shan)