Ephraim Brank Memorial & Trail
The Ephraim Brank memorial is located at the entrance to Greenville’s Veteran’s Mall. This life-size bronze statue pays tribute to local citizen Lt. Ephraim M. Brank and serves as the only sculpture commemorating the War of 1812 in Kentucky.
Lt. Brank’s memorial celebrates his legendary feat during the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He was noted in several history books and newspaper articles, dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, for his marksmanship with his long rifle and subsequent influence on the outcome of the battle. He is referenced as the “Kentucky Long Rifleman” in the famous “Durrett Collection” housed in the Chicago Library’s Rare Collections Department. In this account he is credited with shooting several British officers off their horses behind the line of soldiers approaching the Americans, creating chaos among the British and thereby aiding in their defeat. It is believed by some that his success in making rifle shots well out of range and the effect it had on the battlefield resulted in his being promoted to lieutenant the next day!
When viewing the sculpture, Lt. Brank’s rifle is oriented so that it is aiming toward the battlefield in Louisiana. Also, located near the monument is a display with a map of the battle and other interesting facts. You can also make two additional stops while in Greenville to complete the Lt. Ephraim Brank Trail. The Brank Historic Exhibit is located in the Muhlenberg County Public Library’s Genealogy and Local History Annex just across the street. The exhibit features a historically accurate long rifle and powder horn along with a life size cardboard Brank stand-up for a unique Greenville photo-op. Lastly, pay your respects to the war hero by visiting his gravesite located on court row behind the Greenville City Hall.