OF HORATIO NELSON
on-line editions of Horatio Nelson's dispatches and letters are based directly
on the original nineteenth century editions. Nelson, who died at the naval
battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, was one of the most successful and
famous of British fleet commanders. He fought in numerous battles, on both land
and at sea, always leading the fight and pushing ahead into the enemy. His best
acquaintances acknowledged that Nelson had an unusually clear mind, a keen
intellect, and an insatiable thirst for glory.
The original dispatches
include lengthy footnotes, some of which have been selectively included. The
"NELSON AND BRONTE" signature which end the later passages refer to Nelson's
status as Duke of Bronte. Dates preceded by names Theseus,
Captain, Vanguard or Victory are referring to Nelson's
flagships, from whence he wrote many of his orders and dispatches.
THE ATLANTIC AND TENERIFFE, 1797
Operations against the Spanish Fleet at Cadiz.
30th through June 10th, 1797
June 12th through
June 30th, 1797
July 3rd through July 11th,
THE 1798 MEDITERRANEAN CAMPAIGN (The Battle of the
The British Fleet's search for the French Fleet and the prelude
to the Battle of the Nile
June 12th through 29th,
July 12th through 23rd, 1798
Aftermath of the Battle of the Nile.
August 2nd and
August 3rd through 9th, 1798
THE TRAFALGAR CAMPAIGN
Nelson takes command of the English
fleet stationed off Spain.
October 1st through 4th,
October 5th through 7th, 1805
The prelude to Trafalgar.
October 8th through 10th,
October 10th through 14th, 1805
The Battle of Trafalgar, including photo of Nelson's last letter to Lady
October 15th through 21st,