Wal-Mart in the Wilderness | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wal-Mart in the Wilderness

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Picture this: A Wal-Mart next to a significant Civil War battlefield. The American way?

Preservationists are joining up to fight a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for 55 acres across from the Wilderness Battlefield Park in Orange County, Va.

The park is the site of a two-day battle in 1864 where more than 28,000 Americans died. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first faced off at the Battle of Wilderness, and the site was named by Congress as one of the most significant of the Civil War. The Wal-Mart would be on land considered within the historic limits of the battlefield.

The National Coalition for History website quotes a spokesman for the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition as saying the proposal is "the wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

“With four other Wal-Mart stores located less than 20 miles from the Wilderness Battlefield, it is hard to argue there is even a need for such a facility at this location. But what is not in question is that a Wal-Mart Supercenter is entirely inappropriate next to a hallowed battlefield park.”



Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Four finalists chosen for Walton-funded School of Art at UA

    Four finalist candidates to become director of the School of Art at the U of A Fayetteville, created with a $120 million grant from the Walton Family Charitable Trust, will give public 30-minute presentations and take part in 30-minute Q&As when they visit campus for interviews this month and in April.
    • Mar 20, 2018
  • It's 3rd Friday Art Walk in Argenta ...

    It's Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta, and it's beautiful outdoors. So go.
    • Mar 16, 2018
  • Dream comes true: Dreamland Ballroom gets big restoration grant

    The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will award a $499,668 improvement grant to Dreamland Ballroom in the historic Taborian Hall building at Ninth and State streets, now the home of Little Rock Flag and Banner.
    • Mar 15, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Federal judge reprimands John Goodson for misconduct in class-action case

    John Goodson  — the Texarkana attorney, D.C. lobbyist, and husband of Arkansas State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson — was reprimanded today by a federal judge for his conduct in a class-action case.
    • Aug 3, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Satanic Temple: Make Rapert pay for Ten Commandments monument

    A petition drive has begun to encourage a demand that Sen. Jason Rapert pay for the legal fees in defending his Ten Commandments monument proposed for the state Capitol grounds. It's more work by the Satanic Temple, which has fought church-state entanglement around the country.
    • Aug 28, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation