Wal-Mart To Build Near Civil War Battlefield

By Tom Johnson

Aug 25, 2009 9:43am

Its been a debate, a battle, for some time now.  Should a Wal-Mart Supercenter be built near the sacred grounds of an important Civil War battle?  Officials in Virginia say yes.  County supervisors approved plans to construct the big store despite the long running opposition from a group against the location of the store.  A mixture of Civil War historians, reenactors and actors banded together to try and block the store.  The store will be built near the Wilderness battle ground where Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee faced off 145 years ago.  Despite the protest by historian David McCullough, filmmaker Ken Burns, even the Governor of the state, many want the store to come to town.

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