I can’t say that I am surprised by the decision to give Walmart permission to build a store just off of the Wilderness battlefield along Rt. 3 in Orange County. As I’ve said before, this is a preservation battle that was lost a long time ago. It was a decision to be made by the residents of Orange County and they made it. Nothing was rushed, all sides were heard, and it looks like the decision of the board of supervisors reflected the will of the people living in the community. Let’s hope that organizations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust have learned some valuable lessons and move on.
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History