Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is dropping plans criticized by historians to build a store near a Civil War battlefield in Virginia.
Lawyers representing the Arkansas-based company made the announcement Wednesday in a northern Virginia court, where a judge has been hearing a case to block the plan.
The nation's largest retailer won local approval to build the store near the Wilderness Battlefield. But preservationists and some residents went to court to overturn that 2009 decision.
Opponents say the store would infringe on the site of a key May 1864 battle where historians say the Civil War began to turn in favor of the North
An attorney representing the county has said the case is not about the Civil War, but local land use.