I read this book about 7-Jan-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1986. This note was last modified Tuesday, 10-Feb-2004 23:23:29 PST.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Yes indeed, Ramage is assigned to Lord Nelson's fleet and sent to the Big Battle. Where he engages in extra-curricular combat (attacking an enemy frigate, which is Not Done in a battle), survives, and is assigned to carry home the dispatch by Nelson's successor (Nelson was killed by a sharpshooter at Trafalgar).
The time-line doesn't extend up through actually getting back to England, so I don't know if any mention of the funeral will be made. According to Forester, a certain Horatio Hornblower was put in charge of arranging the funeral, and damned near sank with the coffin.
Looking back, I'm not sure how he filled the covers of this book; I don't remember enough actually happening to do so. But it didn't seem slow when I read it. There was one piece of insane seamanship—leading an enemy 74 onto a reef it had forgotten at high tide, just before it could capture the Calypso.
I believe this leaves me with only two more Ramage books to read (which I don't own yet).