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After a recent decision to allow a Wal-Mart Supercenter to be built near a Civil War battlefield, preservationists remain up in arms.

Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met at Wilderness Battlefield 145 years ago. Now, protestors want to battle local officials who have decided to allow a Wal-Mart Supercenter to be built a half mile from the site in Locust Grove, Virginia. A coalition of groups organized by the Civil War Preservation Trust says they will apply "corporate pressure," enlisting celebrities and politicians to help persuade Wal-Mart not to build.

After a four-hour hearing on Monday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors decided to allow the Wal-Mart plan in the interest of jobs and an economic boost for the county. The coalition says it will attempt find a site farther away from Wilderness Battlefield to interest the retailer. About 3,000 people from across the country have mailed letters to the board protesting the plan.

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