|Nelson -- Champion of Liberty|
Here is a very brief summary of his life...
Horatio Nelson 1758 - 1805
1) He was the son of the reverend Edmond Nelson, born in Burnham Thorp in Norfolk.
2) He joined the Royal Navy at age 12 under the sponsorship of his uncle, Maurice Suckling.
3) He was an ambitious and capable officer who rose through the ranks serving on a number of ships and during the American Revolution.
4) In 1794 he serves in Corsica in the land battle of Bastia, where he was blinded in one eye.de of Cape St Vincent, he disobeyed a direct order from his superior (Admiral Jervis) and attacked and captured two Spanish ships.
6) At the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife he was wounded and lost an arm.
7) As admiral and the Battle of the Nile, (1798) he destroyed Napoleon's fleet marooning he and his army in Egypt. 13 British ships faced 13 French ships. Nine French ships were capture and two were destroyed, including Brueys' flagship L'Orient which blew up.
8) As admiral at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 he again defied a direct order to retire from his superior. He raised the telescope to his blind eye and said, "I really do not see the signal." He beat the Danes who were allied to the French at that time.
Nelson finally catches up with the French admiral Villeneuve of of the coast of Spain near Cadiz. The Allied fleet (French and Spanish) outnumbers the British by 33 to 27 in terms of ships of the line present. Unafraid, Nelson arranges his ships into two straight lines forming a "V" which he drives straight at the Allied enemy fleet. He gives the signal "England Expects every man to do his duty." 11 Allied ships are captured. Nelson walking the decks of The Victory in full dress uniform is shot through the shoulder and spine by a French sharpshooter from the rigging of the Redoutable. He is carried to the Orlop deck below. In his dying words, he asks that the government "take care of poor Lady Hamilton," which it conspicuously fails to do (Nelson's great love, Lady Hamilton, dies in poverty in France in 1815).
10) Buried at St. Paul's cathedral after a tumultuous ceremony in which his beloved sailors tore the flag which draped his coffin to shreds to preserve a memento of their fallen hero.
Why is he of particular interest to conservatives? First, he was a what today would be called a member of the religious right. He was a Reverend's son who, with the enemy fleet in sight before Trafalgar wrote this prayer...