The Heroic Acts of Horatio Nelson
Horatio Nelson, born September 29, 1758, believed strongly in performing heroic acts on a daily basis, coming to no surprise of the people of Britain when he enlisted in the British Royal Navy when he became the legal age to do so. Horatio Nelson would prioritize his subordinates over his reputation, often risking his position to ensure the safety of his crew. On accounts, Horatio Nelson would disobey orders that he believed would put the lives of his men at risk, often at Horatio's expense.
Horatio Nelson exhibited courage, determination, and a sense of honor. Horatio would risk his life, rank and reputation at a moments notice for those who served under him, believing he was no better than the rest of his crew, standing apart from the other British Officers. Horatio was one of the few officers to stand alongside his men during combat, raising hope and bolstering the moral of his crew.
Nelson was considered a war-hero by most, due to his intense sense of pride, patriotic demeanor and loyalty to Britain. Horatio Nelson enlisted in the British Royal Navy as he believed that it was his purpose to aid Britain in their time of need, stating, "England expects every man to do his duty." This made Horatio a hero, as he was an ordinary man doing what he believed was right, and saved countless of lives during his career, even if it meant his own in October 21, 1805.
Horatio experienced combat on various occasions, and continuously preformed courageous, and heroic acts during the combat he saw. His men idolized him, eventually leading to his appearance to bolster moral significantly. Officers within the British Navy would often look to Horatio for guidance, due to his exquisite tactics, strategic, and clear mind.
Horatio Nelson's contributions to the Napoleonic War, and American Revolution saved countless thousands of lives, as Horatio would suggest more sound tactics, and openly defy those he believed were faulty. Horatio believed that a strong militaristic force was only as strong as the one who lead them, and would work to the goal of constantly surpassing his own expectations.
A notable experience Horatio Nelson encountered in his career was while he was on shore leave, when he married Frances Nelson, a Viscountess. Horatio Nelson and Frances had adopted an orphan child, who had suffered from sleep deprivation, and starvation. Nelson was presented the chance to adopt a child of royalty, though refused, as he believed that the orphan child was in need, and ignoring the child would go against Horatio's ideals.
Another experience, was on the eve of battle at trafalgar, where he ordered his ship to it's port when he noticed a crewman was in distress, which resulted in Horatio falling behind the remnant of the British Fleet. During the battle, Horatio Nelson refused to yield in battle, claiming that he did not see the signal to retreat, which he replied, "I am blind in one eye, I did not see the signal."
The phrase has been used countlessly in modern times, leaving an everlasting impact on Britain and their allies. Horatio Nelsons actions during war-times branded him a hero, in which response, Horatio's body was one of the few exceptions to be brought back to Britain, which a statue was then created in his memory.