Bessho Nagaharu (1558 – February 2, 1580) was a prominent Japanese daimyo during the Sengoku period.  son of Bessho Yasuharu.

In 1578, Oda Nobunaga rallied his retainers for an assault on the Mori clan. Initially, Nagaharu contemplated forming an alliance with the Oda clan. However, upon learning that the less esteemed general Hashiba Hideyoshi, whom he held little regard for, was leading the troops, Nagaharu rebelled. Instead, he joined forces with Hatano Hideharu of Tanba province.

Nagaharu made a determined stand at Miki Castle, facing a siege orchestrated by Hideyoshi's forces under the orders of Nobunaga. The Siege of Miki proved to be a formidable challenge for Hideyoshi. Coupled with a rebellion led by Araki Murashige and the assistance of the Mori clan, Nagaharu effectively repelled the Oda force.

In 1579, Hideyoshi returned with a different strategy. Rather than launching a direct assault, he initiated multiple sieges against smaller castles like Kamiyoshi Castle and Sigata Castle to sever support from the Mori clan. This tactic led to a rapid depletion of food supplies. By 1580, with no prospects of further reinforcement from the Mori clan, Nagaharu chose to commit seppuku in exchange for the lives of the troops defending Miki Castle.

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