Historical Artifact: Plaque Commemorating Rall’s Fall

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Commemorative Plaque


24 inches high x 18 inches wide (61 x 46 cm)



This bronze plaque was erected by the  Trenton High School class of 1905 almost 125 years after the December 26, 1776 event that it commemorates.

It marked the spot at which Colonel Johann Gottlieb Rall was mortally wounded  near the corner of Broad Street (then called Queen Street, or Bridge Street) and what is now Academy Street, across the street from the Mercer County Community College James Kerney Campus. The building to which the plaque was affixed has been since torn down.

Colonel Rall was wounded while leading the Hessian counter-attack into downtown Trenton.

He shouted to his soldiers in his native German language, “Alles was meine Grenadier sind, vorwaets!”  (“All who are my grenadiers, forward!”).  Then,

“…the colonel fell from his horse withtwo fearful wounds in his side. This was directly in front of the house of Isaac Yard, on the west

side of Queen Street, about two hundred feet north of Pinkerton’s Alley, now East Hanover Street.”

(Stryker, p. 173-174).

The Rall and von Lossberg regiments then retired into the apple orchard east of what is now

Montgomery Street.  There they surrendered due to being surrounded by Continental soldiers and