‘A Man of Business’: Nelson as Commander in Chief Mediterranean, May 1803 – January 1805

By Colin White, published May 2005


The Nelson letters published in 2005 include over 500 dating from 1803-5 that demonstrate his attention to detail as well as to strategy.  Maintaining his lines of communication; encouraging his officers; prescribing operational tactics; protecting commerce; securing provisions and naval stores; organising reconnaissance and nurturing diplomatic relations: all received Nelson’s attention, together with the previously under-recognised fields of developing intelligence networks and making friends in neutral Sardinia.  Rather than being a tedious part of Nelson’s career, this period saw the mastery of his resources that enabled the fleet to respond immediately when the French sailed from Toulon.  

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Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

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