The Butcher's Bill
  • Imperial-Leaguist:  Approximately two-thirds of the army was lost.  Around 7,600 lay dead or badly wounded on the battlefield, approximately 9,000 surrendered or had deserted, more were killed in the Swedish mop-up and by Saxon peasants.  Goods and munitions were taken from 60 captured wagons of the Imperial-Leaguists. Plus all cannon were captured along with 120 standards. More discarded pikes were left on the field than could be used by the Swedes.
  • Swedish-Saxon: the Saxons lost 3,000 whereas the Swedes lost as few as 2,100.

Wounded, Tilly barely eluded capture. Pappenheim with a few regiments retreated to Leipzig, his rearguard hit by pursuing Swedes. Both leaders with their surviving men found Leipzig a haven no longer and withdrew west to Halle the next day.

That evening, the Swedes remained in the vicinity of the battlefield, laying to rest their fallen comrades, making bonfires of abandoned pikes and wagons, ringing captured bells but drinking little alcohol out of respect for those they had buried: a "night wake." Their king, Gustavus Adolphus, was elated.  His army, despite the flight of the Saxon force, wrecked a battle-experienced army and humbled its general who had not suffered a defeat for 11 years. In addition - a most plentiful addition - there were all those prisoners he could roll into his army to replenish eroded regiments and even make new ones.