The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Auerstadt
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AUERSTADT, ow'ėr-stĕt, Saxony, a village famous for the great battle which took place there 14 Oct. 1806, between the French under Davoust, and the Prussian army under Duke Charles of Brunswick, which ended in a great victory for the former. The Prussians, who numbered 48,000, left nearly half of their men dead or wounded on the ground, while the French (30,000) escaped with a loss of only 7,000. Napoleon made Davoust Duke of Auerstadt. The village lies 25 miles northeast of Weimar. Consult Lettow-Vorbeck, ‘Der Krieg von 1806 und 1807’ (Vol. I, Jena und Auerstädt, Berlin 1891).