July in Georgian History

The Napoleonic war—or, more properly, wars were long and costly. Not every battle ended in victory. On July 25, 1797, Britain lost one and almost lost a treasure. Admiral Horatio Nelson led an ill-fated attack on the island of Tenerife. A cannonball hit Nelson as he stepped ashore. The result—a compound fracture and a severed artery—could have killed him. Quick action saved his life at the cost of his arm. His reputation as a hero was enhanced in spite of the loss.

Nelson Wounded at Tenerife by Richard Westall

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  1. That’s a great portrait of Nelson. What a hero! It’s hard to believe he could survive a cannonball hit.

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