In detail: The Battle of Trafalgar
Nelson's fate

As the two fleets engaged at close quarters, Victory became entangled with the French ship Redoutable.

A sniper in her rigging fired at the British ship and hit Nelson, pacing the upper deck.

Mortally wounded, he was carried below deck where he survived for several hours, long enough to learn the battle had been won.

His last words were: "Thank God I have done my duty."

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