PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A century-old statue of a Civil War general in downtown Providence is riding high again.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) sculptor Jeffrey Buccacio Jr. spent last week going over Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's statue, blasting away corrosion and pollutants that have caked the 20-foot-tall figure.

Providence hired the Massachusetts-based sculptor for $13,500 to spruce up the image of a man who sideburns were named for. He says he removed the green copper sulfate on its surface, a byproduct of acid rain and pollutants eating into the metal. He then heated its surface with a blowtorch and applied lacquer to recreate its original color.

The statue, which depicts Burnside on a horse, was unveiled in 1887 as a tribute to the former governor, senator and first president of the National Rifle Association.


Information from: The Providence Journal,