To this day, Admiral Lord Nelson remains one of Britain’s most heroic figures, military or otherwise. His leadership ability along with his firm grasp of naval strategy and tactics combined to make him a formidable force in the Royal Navy. The Napoleonic Wars provided Nelson with a stage on which to prove his heroism, as wars are ought to do. At the Battle of Trafalgar, a sniper’s bullet snatched his life at the moment of victory. Lord Nelson’s death at Trafalgar became the catalyst that ultimately made him the British hero that he is today. What follows are excerpts from contemporary...

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