Not On This Hallowed Ground

A new battle of Manassas: history buffs vs. a shopping mall

In the rolling Virginia countryside some 30 miles from Washington, Confederate troops bloodied Union armies twice in the Civil War battles of Manassas. Now Manassas is up in arms again, this time over a 20th century invader: a 1.2 million-sq.-ft. shopping center that is being bulldozed on a site that served as Robert E. Lee's headquarters in 1862. "Greed is fighting a battle with our heritage," charges Annie Snyder, leader of the Save the Battlefield Coalition, a group struggling to protect the 540 acres adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield Park. "Developers want to pave over ground where brave men are buried."

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