GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky city is planning to erect a bronze statue to a War of 1812 hero known as the "Kentucky long rifleman."
Greenville City Administrator Ben Van Hooser said a 13 member committee wants to have a monument to Ephraim Brank ready to be unveiled by the summer of 2013. Van Hooser told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/Km6ByR ) the statue would be the first life-sized statue in Muhlenberg County and the first monument to the War of 1812 in the state.
Brank served in the Kentucky militia and is said to have defeated mounted British soldiers with an American flintlock long rifle during the Battle of New Orleans, earning him the nickname the "Kentucky long rifleman."
The project, including the limestone base, bronze and plaques, totals about $100,000.