This petition for military rewards, or gunchūjō was submitted by Sukeie, who took credit for the actions of his son Sukeyasu. From this document, it becomes clear that the Mikita, fought for both for and against Prince Moriyoshi. Sukeie and his son Sukehide fought for Kamakura, and attacked Kusunoki Masashige’s Chihaya castle in the fourth month of 1333. At the same time, Sukeyasu fought for Moriyoshi in the vicinity of the castle. Sukeie thus dispatched two sons to fight for two armies, and although he sided with Kamakura, he left his allegiances vague, and notified Prince Moriyoshi that he was ill. Sukeie nevertheless received credit for Sukeyasu’s actions. At the same time, Sukeie kept the Kamakura documents in case that the bakufu would somehow make a comeback. Warrior loyalty did not exist to lords, but rather their house. By fighting for both sides, Sukeie ensured that his house would continue. Shijō Takasada monogrammed this document.
[Shijō Takasada] (Monogram)Regarding: A request, based on repeated service in battle and in accordance with the princely edict, to promptly receive rewards that show a bowman’s valor. Concerning the aforesaid: When I, Sukeie, was honored to receive a princely edict on the fourth month and third day of this year, I myself was suffering a relapse of illness, so I sent a number of soldiers to my son Sukeyasu. Thereupon, they rode out to join the prince’s forces. On the eighth day of the fourth month of last year, they served on the battlefield of Akaigawara, witnessed by Yamato Chikato Naigen Shirō and Gorō of the same family. On the twenty-seventh day of the same month, when the Nagoe former governor of Owari set out, they fought without regard for life in battle. Two retainers, Yagorō and Magokurō, were injured, which was observed by Shichirō Nyūdō of Uno in Yamato Province and Saemon Saburō of Yasuda in Harima Province. Given that [Sukeyasu’s] performance in battle was peerless service and having received a validated migyōshō, I wish to get the reward.Genkō 3 , 5th month, ___ day