The Battle of the Nile – August 1st, 1798 (Major Players)

"The Destruction of L'Orient at the Battle of the Nile" George Arnald, 1827, National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich, London, England

“The Destruction of L’Orient at the Battle of the Nile”
George Arnald, 1827, National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich, London, England

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer famous for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars, most notably in the Battle of Trafalgar, a decisive British victory in the war, during which he lost his life.[1] Note Nelson never reached the rank of full Admiral, reaching the rank of Rear-Admiral in February 1797 and Vice-Admiral in January 1801, and being killed while holding the latter rank. – Per the Patrick O’Brian Wiki (http://patrickobrian.wikia.com/wiki/Lord_Nelson)

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Vice-Admiral François-Paul Brueys d’Aigalliers, Comte de Brueys was the French commander in the Battle of the Nile, in which the French Revolutionary Navy was defeated by Royal Navy forces under Admiral Horatio Nelson. Already wounded twice, he died at his command post around 9:00 PM on the 1st of August, about one hour before his ship exploded, killing approximately 800 of his crew. – Wikipedia account of his  life and career

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Napoleon Bonaparte on his Imperial Throne – by Ingres. When his naval commander Brueys was criticized in France for not remaining at anchor up to the time of the attack at what became the Battle of the NIle, the Emperor said, “”If, in this disastrous event, he made mistakes, he expiated them by his glorious end.” Wikipedia account of the life and career of Vice-Admiral François-Paul Brueys d’Aigalliers, Comte de Brueys

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