2nd Patratziki (Ypati) Siege


The siege took place in early April 1821, shortly before the battle of Alamana and Athanasios Diakos’ death.

At the beginning of April 1821, the region of Ypati, contrary to the rest of east Central Greece, had not yet joined the Revolution. This was due to the hesitation of Ypati’s chieftain, Mitsos Kontogiannis, who questioned the timing of the Revolution and was not optimistic about its future. At a meeting held in the neighbouring village Kompotades, chieftains Athanasios Diakos, Dyovouniotis, and Panourgias decided to attack Ypati. In the operation participated the corps of chieftains I. Gkouras, Dimos Skaltsas, Andritsos Safakas, and Yiannis Roukis. In light of these events, Kontogiannis felt compelled to join the operation, as well. 

The revolutionaries split into two corps and invaded the town, attacking the entrenched Ottomans. The latter, realising that resistance was futile, surrendered. However, in the evening of the same day, the Greeks, fearing encirclement by the 8000-man army of Köse Mehmed pasha and Omer Vrioni, departed from the town, leaving it half-burnt, not only having achieved nothing significant, but also having lost eight crucial days, because of Kontogiannis. 

On March 26, 1821, chieftains Dimos Skaltsas and Andritsos Safakas from Artotina, along with Panourgias and Mitsos Kontogiannis from Ypati attempted to liberate Ypati once again. The battle lasted for six days, but it was unsuccessful, despite the corps’ reinforcement by the men of Peloponnesian chieftain Nikitas Stamatelopoulos (Nikitaras).