Xuan-de: Year 2, Month 2, Day 7
4 Mar 1427
On this day, the Jiao-zhi bandit Li Li attacked Jiao-zhi City. The Cheng-shan Marquis Wang Tong and so on sent troops to do battle with them and defeated them. The false Minister of Education (司徒) Li Zhi, the false Minister of Works (司空) Ding Li, the false Eunuch Director Li Mi as well as as Chen Ji and other defenders-in-chief, defenders, principal supervisors and associate supervisors were cut down. The bandits killed numbered in the tens thousands and the bandit forces fled in disarray. Li Li was startled and lost his bravado. The various generals and the officials of the three offices spoke to Tong, saying: "The bandits have been defeated and fled. They are now unprepared. We should take this opportunity to cross the river and attack them. We will take them unawares and the bandits will certainly be defeated. If we delay even a short time, the bandits will gather their remnant gang members and will fight to the death in opposing our army." Tong was undecided, saying: "Wait and examine the situation." After three days with no troops being despatched, the bandit's spies knew that Tong was timid. The remaining forces were thus assembled, palisades and a fort were erected, moats and ditches were dug and weapons were repaired. They then attacked from all sides.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 17, page 0654/55