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 Posted: Mon May 18th, 2009 02:57 pm
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145 years ago, US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac fought Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in the Battle of the Wilderness.  While the battle was considered to a draw, with Grant pushing farther south, many Americans died fighting this battle.  Some of the wounded soldiers would be burned alive in the "wilderness" as artillery shells set the woods on fire.

Today, another battle is taking place in the Wilderness.  Wal-Mart is planning to build a 141,000 square foot Super Center adjacent to the battlefield.  Besides being a nasty blight on these glorious fields, it would also increase traffic along the already busy Orange Turnpike.  Since this ground was zoned commercial, we only have one chance to save the battlefield - convincing the Orange County officials that the battlefield is at risk - and with it tourism is at risk.

Please get involved.  Here is a link to an article on my blog, that details what's at risk, and what can be done.

http://thismightyscourge.com/2009/05/16/help-the-civil-war-preservation-trust-protect-the-wilderness-battlefield/
 

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