Wu Guang

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Wu Guang (; died 208 BC) was a leader of the first rebellion against Qin Dynasty during the reign of Qin Er Shi, following the death of Qin Shi Huang. Less is known about him than Chen Sheng.

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Wu was born in Yangxia (in present-day Zhoukou, Henan). In 209 BC, he was a military captain along with Chen Sheng when the two of them were ordered to lead 900 soldiers to Yuyang (in present-day Beijing) to help defend the northern border against Xiongnu. Due to storms, it became clear that they could not get to Yuyang by the deadline, and according to law, if soldiers could not get to their posts on time, they would be executed. Chen and Wu, believing that they were doomed, led their soldiers to start a rebellion. They announced that Fusu, the crown prince of Qin, who had wrongly been forced to commit suicide, and Xiang Yan (項燕), a general of Chu, had not died and were joining their cause. They also declared the reestablishment of Chu.

Using 900 men to resist an empire seemed to be a suicidal move, but the people, who had felt deeply oppressed by the Qin regime, joined Chen and Wu's cause quickly. Soon, there were people asking Chen to declare himself the King of Chu. Against the advice of Zhang Er and Chen Yu, Chen Sheng declared himself as such, rather than, as according to their advice, seek out a descendant of Chu's royal house to be the prince.

After Chen Sheng set up his capital at Chenqiu (in present-day Zhoukou, Henan), he appointed Wu as acting King of Chu and...
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