Uh ... what?
Wal-Mart doesn't want to build on the historic site?
The retailer wants to build near where the 1864 battle occurred?
And what's the problem then?
Group wants to add Wal-Mart to battlefield lawsuit
Richmond, Va. (AP) -- An attorney seeking to block a Walmart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield wants to get the retailer into a courtroom.The 138,000-square-foot store would be built in Locust Grove, near the Civil War grounds where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met on the field of battle.
On April 30, Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Bouton rejected a bid by Orange County to dismiss the challenge, sending it to trial. His decision revived the fierce national effort to protect a battlefield where 180,000 soldiers fought and 26,000 were killed or injured 146 years ago.
More than 250 historians, Civil War preservationists and celebrities have taken a stand against the store.
The Supercenter planned by the Bentonville, Ark., retailer would be outside the limits of the protected national park but within an area where troops prepared for battle, marched, and died of their injuries. [link] [emphasis mine]
If the court eventually rules in the plaintiffs' favor, it will have essentially written off development in any part of the commonwealth, since Civil War troops prepared for battle, marched, and died of their injuries throughout - including here on my property in remote Bland County.
You people need to regain your senses. Historical preservation is one thing. Insane laws (and court rulings) restricting growth so as to preserve a bunch of bushes and weeds is another. It's borderline insanity.