As the revolution spread to other parts of the country, the Qing government concentrated loyalist military forces to suppress the uprising in Wuhan. From October 17 to December 1, the revolutionary army and local volunteers defended the city in the Battle of Yangxia against better armed and more numerous Qing forces commanded by Yuan Shikai . Huang Xing (黃興) would arrive in Wuhan in early November to take command of the revolutionary army.  After fierce fighting and heavy casualties, Qing forces seized Hankou and Hanyang. But Yuan agreed to halt the advance on Wuchang and participated in peace talks, which would eventually lead to the return of Sun Yat-sen from exile, founding of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912.   Through the Wuchang Uprising, Wuhan is known as the birthplace of the Xinhai Revolution , named after the Xinhai year on the Chinese calendar.  The city has several museums and memorials to the revolution and the thousands of martyrs who died defending the revolution.