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lincolnsguard
01-26-2011, 11:33 AM
:mrgreen:Civil War Trust News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2011

For more information, contact:
Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205
Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 x7231

WALMART ABANDONS PLANS TO BUILD SUPERCENTER ON WILDERNESS BATTLEFIELD

Preservation community pleased with decision by retail giant to drop
plans to build a supercenter within historic boundaries of Wilderness
battlefield

(Orange, Va.) - In an unexpected development, Walmart announced
this morning that it has abandoned plans to pursue a special use
permit previously awarded to the retail giant for construction of a
supercenter on the Wilderness Battlefield. The decision came as
the trial in a legal challenge seeking to overturn the special use
permit was scheduled to begin in Orange County circuit court.

"We are pleased with Walmart's decision to abandon plans
to build a supercenter on the Wilderness battlefield," remarked
James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust. "We
have long believed that Walmart would ultimately recognize that it is
in the best interests of all concerned to move their intended store
away from the battlefield. We applaud Walmart officials for
putting the interests of historic preservation first. Sam Walton
would be proud of this decision."

The Civil War Trust is part of the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition,
an alliance of local residents and national groups seeking to protect
the Wilderness battlefield. Lighthizer noted that the Wilderness
Battlefield Coalition has sought from the very beginning to work with
county officials and Walmart to find an alternative location for the
proposed superstore away from the battlefield.

"We stand ready to work with Walmart to put this controversy
behind us and protect the battlefield from further
encroachment," Lighthizer stated. "We firmly believe
that preservation and progress need not be mutually exclusive, and
welcome Walmart as a thoughtful partner in efforts to protect the
Wilderness Battlefield."

In August 2009, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a
controversial special use permit to allow construction of the Walmart
Supercenter and associated commercial development on the Wilderness
Battlefield. A wide range of prominent individuals and
organizations publicly opposed the store's location, including
more than 250 American historians led by Pulitzer Prize-winners James
McPherson and David McCullough. One month after the decision, a
group of concerned citizens and the local Friends of Wilderness
Battlefield filed a legal challenge to overturn the decision.

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought May 5-6, 1864, was one of
the most significant engagements of the American Civil War. Of
the 185,000 soldiers who entered combat amid the tangled mass of
second-growth trees and scrub in Virginia's Orange and
Spotsylvania counties, some 30,000 became casualties. The
Wilderness Battlefield Coalition, composed of Friends of Wilderness
Battlefield, Piedmont Environmental Council, Preservation Virginia,
National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Parks Conservation
Association, and Civil War Trust, seeks to protect this irreplaceable
local and national treasure.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation
organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve
our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote
appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has
preserved nearly 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.
Learn more at www.civilwar.org.
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Ross L. Lamoreaux
01-26-2011, 11:37 AM
You beat me by a couple of minutes posting this. This is indeed good news.

josie wales
01-26-2011, 11:44 AM
Hello all, YESSSSSS !! , JW

101radioman
01-26-2011, 11:48 AM
Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GaWildcat
01-26-2011, 12:10 PM
First round is on me! HoooooooooAH! Great news... YES!

Micah Trent
01-26-2011, 12:43 PM
Excellent news indeed!!!! On top of that...Bobby is buying everyone a beer!!!!

gwagner
01-26-2011, 12:59 PM
Bobby, I'll take mine Sat night at Andersonville!!:mrgreen:

GaWildcat
01-26-2011, 01:30 PM
LOL.. I'll try Galen.... I know I want and plan to be there, but the way they are working us at the plant, I have worked EVERY weekend but one since we started.... dang they are building a LOT of airplanes!

OVI
01-26-2011, 06:16 PM
I read about this great news on another CW related blog. Not only is Wal-Mart not going to build on the endangered site, the corporation is going to buy the land and then donate it to be preserved. WIn-Win!!!!!

Go buy something from Wal-Mart and Sams Club. It appears they now "get it".

Kent Dorr - Winter Quarters in Ohio
"Devils Own Mess"

Ross L. Lamoreaux
01-26-2011, 06:39 PM
I read about this great news on another CW related blog. Not only is Wal-Mart not going to build on the endangered site, the corporation is going to buy the land and then donate it to be preserved. WIn-Win!!!!!

Go buy something from Wal-Mart and Sams Club. It appears they now "get it".

Kent Dorr - Winter Quarters in Ohio
"Devils Own Mess"

Funny you should say that. I went shopping at Wal-Mart today at one that still has fabric and mentioned to an assistant manager I was there because of them doing the right thing for a Civil War battlefield. She was surprisingly up on what was going on and she said that there has been much communication internally from their PR department in the last few months about it. My respect for the corporation is out of the cellar now...

OVI
01-26-2011, 11:28 PM
Funny you should say that. I went shopping at Wal-Mart today at one that still has fabric and mentioned to an assistant manager I was there because of them doing the right thing for a Civil War battlefield. She was surprisingly up on what was going on and she said that there has been much communication internally from their PR department in the last few months about it. My respect for the corporation is out of the cellar now...

Ross, for someone as cynical as I am, this turnaround by corporate powerhouse Wal-Mart is astounding. I dont know when they "came to Jesus" or why....but it is truly heartwarming to see.


Kent Dorr - Winter Quarters in Ohio
"Devils Own Mess"

Regular DOC
01-27-2011, 03:15 PM
However this should be a lesson for us all.

1. Zoning that should have been the big fight. Remember no change in the zoning and the whole thing would not have been an issue. This still needs to be fought. Unless the zoning of the area is changed we are just waiting for the next person to come in and install 500 units of housing. Housing or a less politically unpopular company might have a better chance.

2. Need to find a way to give financial interest to landowners to not develope land such as this to include tax forgiveness on property tax. We cannot expect people to just hold onto land they can't develope or sell and still pay property tax at the same time.

3. Finally the need to prioritize. We need to establish what land is priority and which I hate to say it is not.

Hey I will take the victory but like I said this was a learning experiance.