Wal-mart Doesn't Care about American History

The good thing about Twitter (there's a sentence I never thought I'd write) is that, occasionally, strangers will update me on topics that I follow, which in this case involves that mecca for all Chinese-made crap, otherwise known as Wal-mart. This week we learn that officials in Virginia approved the construction of a giant Wal-mart (because there really just aren't enough) in a town minutes away from the Wilderness Battlefield, right where "generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle 145 years ago and where 145,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought and more than 29,000 were killed or injured," according to the AP. Historians, politicians and diehard Civil War scholars protested that erecting a shopping site there will undermine the historical sanctity of the field. It probably didn't help that most of these people attended the board meeting dressed in 19th century garb, but the company's signature indifference all just reiterates one thing: Wal-mart has some serious issues.