Saturday, January 03, 2009
Wal-Mart plans superstore adjacent to Civil War battlefield
"Wal-Mart wants to build a Supercenter within a cannon shot of where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first fought, a proposal that has preservationists rallying to protect the key Civil War site.
A who's who of historians including filmmaker Ken Burns and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough sent a letter last month to H. Lee Scott, president and chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., urging the company to build farther from the Wilderness Battlefield."
Historians fight Wal-Mart over Civil War site
I did extensive research of the events leading up to and including the Battle of the Wilderness for Rose and Isabel. Combined with the Battle at Cold Harbor, they are the battles around which much of the story revolves. I never got a chance to see the physical location where the battle of the Wilderness took place, but I hope Wal-Mart is stymied in its attempt to build so the historical site may be preserved.
"Preservationists regularly square off against developers in Virginia, where much of the Civil War was fought. This dispute, however, has stirred an outcry similar to the one in 1994 over the Walt Disney Co.'s plans to build a $650 million theme park within miles of the Manassas Battlefield. Disney bowed to public pressure and abandoned the project."