Group battles proposed Walmart in Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A proposed Walmart is starting a battle over hallowed ground in Gettysburg.

A preservation group says the land was used as a staging area for Confederate troops.

"This was the Confederate-held position and this is where the soldiers and their artillery masked for Culp's Hill and Benner's Hill for the fight of Gettysburg on the second day," said Brendan Synnamon, of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. "This is a very significant historical part of the property."

"Mark Gettysburg development is proposing a 198,000 square-foot Walmart and 17 satellite stores," he said. "Right now, we're at the concerns stage. They haven't approved anything in regard to full-scale development, but they're not far away."

The Straban Township Planning Commission has been presented with the plan and set blueprints, but the preservation group is standing its ground and won't back down without a fight.

People don't come here to see a Walmart, they come here to see the battlefields," Synnamon said.

The association owns 150 acres of historical land adjacent to the proposed Walmart property.

"President Lincoln called it hollowed ground in his famous Gettysburg Address, and it's 155 years later and it still rings true."

The planning commission and township supervisors have until the end of the month to make a decision.

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