Horatio Nelson, British naval commander

Horatio Nelson, British naval commander

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Caption: Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), British naval commander. Nelson rose through the ranks of the Royal Navy, being appointed to his own command by 1778. In 1797, his injured right arm was partially amputated (sleeve shown pinned to tunic). The following year he won a famous victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile (1798), being raised to the peerage as baron and later viscount. At the time of his death he was a vice-admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), part of the Napoleonic Wars. He was buried at St Paul's Cathedral with a state funeral. This woodcut dates from 1880.

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