Walmart near battlefield heads to court

Civil War history will be played out in a rural Virginia courtroom this week when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. defends a planned store near a hallowed site where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met on the field of battle in 1864.

The trial in Orange County Circuit Court pits preservationists and residents against the world’s largest retailer and the local officials who approved the Supercenter.

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