Yong-le: Year 7, Month 8, Day 21
29 Sep 1409
On this day, the Ying-guo Duke Zhang Fu, regional commander of Jiao-zhi, defeated the bandit follower Ruan Shi-mei at Xian-zi Pass. At the time, Deng Jing-yi and others had occupied Tai-ping Bridge at Lu-du River and other places in Nan-ce Subprefecture. Fu despatched troops to Xian-zi Pass which was being guarded by the false Jin-wu general Ruan Shi-mei with 20,000 troops. On the opposite bank there was an encampment, palisades and over 600 boats lined along the river. It was also known that stakes had been erected on the South-east bank of the river as a defensive measure. At this time, the North-west wind was strong. Fu sent the Yun-yang Earl Chen Xu, the Commissioner-in-chief Zhu Guang and the Regional Commissioners Yu Rang and Fang Zheng to advance together in oar-powered war-boats. The firearms barrage was violent and the arrows fell like rain. However, the bandit forces could not bear the attack and 3,000 bandit heads were taken, while the number who drowned was beyond counting. The false Palace Guard general Pan Di and others, a total of over 200 persons, were captured alive, while over 400 boats were taken. The remaining bandits dispersed.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1263