Walmart Retreats From Civil War Battlefield
A Civil War victory was recently declared, 150 years after the end of the deadliest war in American History. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. abruptly retreated from plans to build a Supercenter next to a key Civil War battlefield in Virginia, bowing to stiff opposition from historic preservationist.
Wal-Mart won approval from Orange County in 2009 to develop the Supercenter, but thankfully those plans were challenged in court by a local nonprofit, Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield. A coalition including more that 200 historians also petitioned Wal-Mart to drop its plans. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it will not develop the 52-acre site neighboring Wilderness battlefield, where generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee clashed for the first time in battle in 1864.
Our hats are off to the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield, and we commend your valor in the face of such a formidable foe.