With this issue of Naval History we celebrate the bicentennial of one of history's great battles—Trafalgar, the Napoleonic wars' climactic sea fight. Too much of Napoleonic history is monopolized by, well, Napoleon and his land battles. Unfortunately, about all that the average American knows about the Battle of Trafalgar is that Britain won and its one-armed admiral was killed. Naval History's regular readers are no doubt more knowledgeable about the fight. I hope that our package of three articles will excite and further enlighten you, as well as spark others' interest in learning more about this pivotal non-American sea battle.
Rear Admiral Joseph Callo, USNR (Retired), deserves most of the credit for assembling our Trafalgar lineup. A longtime contributor to Naval History, Admiral Callo is an accomplished author of numerous books about Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson. He submitted his article about Nelson's Trafalgar campaign and enduring lessons gleaned from it back in January 2004.