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John Adams Blog

The blog of The Antient and Honourable John Adams Society, Minnesota's Conservative Debating Society www.johnadamssociety.org

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Battle of Trafalgar

For those of you who are history buffs you may already know that the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar will arrive on October 21. As some know, Trafalgar resulted in a horrible defeat of Napoleon's grand fleet and marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon. It also catapulted Admiral Horatio Nelson (who fell during the battle) into legendary status:

As the British Fleet bore down on the Franco-Spanish line Nelson directed Lieutenant Pascoe, the signal officer of Victory, to send the signal to the Fleet “Nelson confides every man will do his duty.” Captain Hardy and Pascoe suggested this be changed to “England expects every man will do his duty”. Nelson agreed. As the signal ran up Victory’s halyard the Fleet burst into cheers.

I highly suggest you read about the battle here: