To the memory of General Hugh Mercer, the revered martyr of American Independence.
Born in Scotland about 1720. Educated as a physician. Emigrated to America 1747. Was appointed by Congress June 5, 1776, a brigadier general in the American Army. Was mortally wounded at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777, and died in the house now standing near this spot January 12, 1777. This tablet was erected by Mercer Engine Company No 3 of Princeton, N.J., October 1, 1897, at its semi-centennial celebration.