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Battle Over Wal-Mart Super Center In Virginia

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The board of supervisors in Virginia's Orange County is asking a judge to reject a legal challenge by preservationists to a putting a Wal-Mart Super Center near a civil war battlefield there.

Wal-Mart plans to build a large scale super center less than half a mile from the Locust Grove area of the Wilderness battlefield in northern Virginia. The board approved the project in August, but preservationists still are opposed to it.

At a hearing today a judge is set to decide whether their legal challenge can go forward.

The Battle of the Wilderness was the first where troops under Union General Ulysses S. Grant faced those under Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Thousands of soldiers on both sides were killed or injured there 145 years ago.

Preservationists argue moving the store somewhere else is the best way to uphold that legacy. But supporters have said the super center would bring badly needed jobs and economic development to the area.

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