In the fall of 1793 Horatio Nelson (see earlier post, Horatio Nelson Champion of Liberty, 1/15/12) was given command of a small squadron of ships and ordered to effect a blockade of the French occupied island of Corsica. The British were at war with revolutionary France and were supportive of Corsican independence and resistance to France. In 1794 Horatio Nelson served on shore commanding gunners that were besieging the Genoese-built citadel at Calvi. It was on July 12 1794 while directing a land battle on the island that Nelson was wounded by a cannonball that displaced sand and grit into his right eye. He was never able to see properly out of his right eye for the rest of his life.
Calvi surrendered to the British on 10 August, 1794.
|Commander Kelly at bay of Calvi|
|View from the Genovese Citadel of Calvi|
Today Calvi is a beautiful seaside town that is home to the paratroopers of the French Foreign legion.