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Nelson’s Column is a monument in Trafalgar Square in central London built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The monument was constructed between 1840 and 1843 to a design by William Railton at a cost of £47,000. It is a column of the Corinthian order built from Dartmoor granite. The Craigleith sandstone statue of Nelson is by E. H. Baily and the four bronze lions on the base, added in 1867, were designed by Sir Edwin Landseer.
Nelson’s Column is erected for the great hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. He was shot on the quarterdeck of the ship Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar. A musket bullet struck Nelson in the left shoulder and passed through his spine at the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebrae. Nelson exclaimed, “They finally succeeded, I am dead.”
Some sources state that his corpse was placed in a barrel of brandy to preserve it on the long journey home. And that the crew didn’t mind that his body bubbled away in the brandy to get a sip of the liquid around him.
Source: Source: Karl Shaw, 2007, 5 people who died during sex, Broadway Books, New York
Nelson’s Column is a monument dedicated to Admiral Lord Nelson in London’s Trafalgar Square.