Thursday, September 24, 2009

National Trust is not giving up on the Wilderness Battlefield

For those of you who followed the battle between Wal-Mart and legions of historians fighting to preserve the area around the Wilderness Civil War battlefield, apparently the war isn't over just yet. Despite the decision by the Orange County supervisors to allow Wal-Mart to go ahead with its plans to construct a supercenter across the street from the battlefield, the historians have not accepted defeat.

Although the supervisors' ruling seemed to put an end to the preservationists' appeals, it appears they have one appeal left, to the head of Wal-Mart himself. The National Trust for Historic Preservation now has a form letter on its website that can be personalized before being forwarded to Wal-Mart's President and CEO, Michael T. Duke.

If you wish to support The National Historic Trust's efforts encouraging Wal-Mart to select a more suitable location in Orange County, Virginia for its new supercenter, click this link to participate in their online letter-writing campaign. If you cannot access the website through the link above, copy this address into your browser to reach the form. https://secure2.convio.net/nthp/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=394

Image: The National Trust for Historic Preservation Headquarters in Washington, DC
Photograph by Alan Karchmer

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