The Ming commander Ma Gui began to realize the dangerous position of the allied forces, and late on January 3 decided to call off the attack and pull out of the area before the situation deteriorated any further.
However, the calculated retreat quickly broke down and turned into a chaotic rout.
The hasty and sudden timing, the heavy rain, the lack of discipline among the troops, and the quickly approaching Japanese forces all contributed to panic.
) was an unsuccessful Korean and Ming Chinese attempt to capture Ulsan Castle from the Japanese late during the Japanese Invasion of Korea (Imjin War).
Korean and Chinese allied forces suffered heavy losses during the siege, In 1597, the second phase of the Japanese invasion of Korea was launched.