Published: Jan 26, 2011 7:45 PM EST
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 4:45 PM EST

ORANGE, Va. (AP) - Wal-Mart has dropped plans for a new store near a Virginia Civil War battlefield after two years of opposition from historians and some residents.

Lawyers for the retailing giant made the announcement in county court as a second day of arguments was to begin in the suit to block the construction.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart had planned to build a 143,000-square-foot Supercenter near the site of the Battle of the Wilderness. Historians view that as a critical turning point when the Civil War started to turn in favor of the North. An estimated 185,000 Union and Confederate troops fought for three days in May 1864, and 30,000 were killed, injured or went missing. The war ended 11 months later.