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 French Victory at Trafalger! Nelson Slain by Villeneuve! 
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Post French Victory at Trafalger! Nelson Slain by Villeneuve!
On October 21, 1805 the combined French and Spanish fleets annihilated the British fleet under the command of Admiral Nelson at Trafalger. The French Admiral Villeneuve personally fought and killed Admiral Nelson on the quarterdeck of HMS Victory.

Not the way you remember this bit of history? This was as it was reported by the French Naval Chronicles, Vol. XIV, July to December 1805.

French Victory at Trafalger! Nelson Slain by Villeneuve

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Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:49 pm
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Before the French 'victory' at Trafalgar, 204 years ago today, an unknown young midshipman showed his mettle. This story was recorded by Lady Louisa Harvey, (wife of Sir Eliab Harvey, who captained HMS 'Temeraire' at Trafalgar,) in a letter to her daughter, postmarked 'Portsmouth, 5 December 1805'. It appears in 'Merchants, Medicine and Trafalgar: the history of the Harvey family' by Richard Morris, (Alderton Press 2007). One of Sir Eliab's ancestors was William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of the blood.

'Your father says every soul on board behaved like heroes. A dear little mid the size of Georgy [presumably a family member], but stout and handsome, eleven years old, has particularly pleased him - he walked about at his Station with his hands behind him looking about, and the Admiral at the hottest asked him: 'Well, how d'ye like it - Why Sir, pretty well I think'; as unconcerned as he was when he dined here yesterday.....'

It is good to know that he survived.

I've kept to Lady Louisa's punctuation. 'Stout' here is used in the contemporary sense of 'robust' or 'strongly-built' rather than fat.

Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:15 pm
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