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Sadowa (sä-dṓ′vä), a Bohemian village 58 miles northeast of Prague, where an important victory was gained by 240,000 Prussians under King William I over 220,000 Austrians under General Benedik, July 3, 1866. The battle lasted from 8 A. M to 4 P. M., and resulted in the rout of the Austrians, who lost 21,000 men and 22,000 prisoners. The Prussian loss was 9,000 men. This battle, which is often called Königgratz from a town eight miles distant, decided the Austro-German or Seven Weeks' War of 1866.