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In central Germany, Hanover's army defeats Prussian forces at the Battle of Langensalza

Germany, 1857, zoomable map
06/27/1866

As Prussia and Austria drifted towards war, Prussia offered the German states of Hanover, Saxony, and Hesse-Kassel, all considered as potential allies of Austria, membership in the new Prussian-led German Confederation.  All three refused and all three were invaded the following day.  Saxony and Hesse were occupied without resistance. Hanover fought back, but despite an emphatic victory over the Prussians at Langensalza in central Germany on this day, the Hanoverian army was forced to surrender two days later, marking the end of the kingdom as an independent state. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"German-Italian War," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 360.

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