Horatio Lord Nelson was a vice admiral in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. His fame and admiration grew extensively with his leadership during the early years of Napoleonic Wars against the French. He was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, considered one of the most decisive British naval victories. Nelson was such a hero that even his adversary in battle, French Admiral Villeneuve, attended the funeral. The Nelson Monument was erected on Claton Hill in 1815. The tower is shaped like an upside-down telescope and stands 105 feet tall.