Walmart is at it again. In addition to sending people random checks for $130, they want to build a “superstore” “on historically sensitive land directly across the road” from where the 1864 Civil War “Battle of the Wilderness” was fought. Historians and preservationists, including noted Princeton Civil War scholar James McPherson, are up in arms about this. Check out McPherson’s op-ed in the May 3rd Washington Post. There is also a nice blog dealing with the issue here. Even Robert Duval is involved.
It is bad enough in and of itself that another Wal-Mart must be built, but building it on or near a Civil War battle field is just not right.