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Preservationists are declaring war against plans to build a Walmart Supercenter near a famed Civil War battlefield in Virginia. Orange County supervisors green-lit the project in a 4-to-1 vote.

But the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition says it will apply corporate pressure in an appeal to Walmart's "best interests" to find a site farther away from the Wilderness Battlefield in Locust Grove.

The preservationists' national campaign against Wal-Mart has enlisted congressmen, historians and celebrities like actor Robert Duvall. They call the battlefield where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met 145 years ago an "historic footprint." But Orange County officials say they want the jobs, tax revenue and bargains Wal-mart offers.

The Coalition contends you can still have those benefits if the store is moved a mile down the road.

Rebecca Sheir reports...

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