Walmart vs. Civil War site battle in court – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times

I’m inclined to think it is just the usual NIMBY animosity toward WalMart at work here, but I’d like to hear what Craig (our Civil War and NorVa subject matter expert) has to say.

 

RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly 150 years after Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant fought in northern Virginia, a conflict over the battlefield is taking shape in a courtroom.

The dispute involves whether a Walmart should be built near the Civil War site, and the case pits preservationists and some residents of a rural northern Virginia town against the world’s largest retailer and local officials who approved the Walmart Supercenter.

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The 143,000-square-foot space planned by the Bentonville, Ark., retailer would be outside the limits of the protected national park where the core battlefield is located. The company has stressed the store would be within an area already dotted with retail locations, and in an area zoned for commercial use.

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5 thoughts on “Walmart vs. Civil War site battle in court – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times”

  1. Now you gone and done it! You mention the Civil War over here. You know that get my blood up!

    This situation has been back and forth since 2008. I would say it is not a NIMBY response to Wal Mart, at least the locals I have spoken with. Rather it is a “how many more do we need?” response. There are several Wal Marts or stores like Wal Mart within 20 miles of the site. So this offers nothing new.

    I could go on and on, but here’s what I wrote in 2008: http://markerhunter.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/the-wilderness-and-wal-mart/

    The links to the CWT site need to be updated. Here is their web page on the battlefield: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/the-wilderness.html

  2. Oh, and for the record, before someone goes to calling me a Wal Mart snob, consider Pea Ridge Battlefield in Arkansas: http://markerhunter.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/pea-ridge-restoration/

    Wal Mart actively supported and encouraged efforts to restore that battlefield. I think the Wilderness battlefield is simply a case were local political figures are at odds, and unfortunately Wal Mart and Civil War Preservationists are dragged into the fray because of the historical nature of the ground.

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