07 April 2010 by Published in: Battlefield preservation 9 comments

Back in March, Nick Redding of the CWPT filmed me on South Cavalry Field at Gettysburg, talking about the reasons why the proposed site for the casino is such a bad one. It rained heavily that day, and there are issues with traffic sloshing through the rain. However, the video is now posted here. Scroll down the page, and you will find a button for the video. Please take the five minutes to watch it–one half mile south of the park boundary, on battlefield land–is NO place for a casino.

Thanks to all of you who have been involved in fighting the plan to place this unwanted and unneeded casino on battlefield land at Gettysburg.

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  1. Dan
    Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 4:38 pm

    You have done an important service for the country and honored the memory of the heroes in blue and gray who fought and died at Gettysburg. I hope many many people view this film and call the Gettysburg authorities and tell them to stop the abomination that is this casino.

    It is a reprehensible thing to show such disrespect to our heroes and our sacred hallowed ground, made hallow by the blood of our ancestors who gave everything for their country. A society that does not respect its hallowed ground, does not remember and revere its heroes and is incapable of identifying appropriate and inappropriate linkages between temporary commerce and greed, and the permanent special places where our heroes showed us the true meaning of American culture and values and the greatness of our national character is surely a society in deep decline.

    We must stop this ridiculous post-modernist, nihilism decline and oppose meaningless and temporary advantage at the sacrifice of places that ought to be held as hallowed in perpetuity.

    We are in such desperate difficulties today because we do not know nor revere our past. It is altogether fitting and proper that the film was done in the rain. How dreary and miserable a thought to even consider a casino or any other massive development in the rural and quiet places of Gettysburg where our heroes fought and died. God help us all.

  2. Chris Evans
    Wed 07th Apr 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I agree. This greed is consuming America wholesale. There should be uniqueness in different places in America. The answer to all ills is not to put up another Wal Mart, Casino, or parking lot. Thanks for doing this video and I hope this awful intrusion is stopped.

  3. Fri 09th Apr 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Good work, Eric. Doing the right thing again.

  4. Sat 10th Apr 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I am happy to oppose this use of land so close to a battlefield that has deep significance. While my interests of late have been focused more on the Boer War than the Civil War, the Civil War is where I started my historical explorations. I would truly hate to see a casino parking lot adjacent to this land. It is not enough to put a property line between the battlefield and these commercial structures.

  5. Sat 17th Apr 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Help us stop the Mason Dixon Casino and Resort

    Sign the petition


    And if you run a website link to us


  6. William Corney
    Thu 23rd Dec 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I think the casino is a good idea and since it is not on, next to, or even in site of federal land it is a local decision and that has already been approved. You people need to mind your own business.

  7. Thu 23rd Dec 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Mr. Corney,

    You’re entitled to your opinion, misguided, dead wrong, semi-literate, and ill-informed as it may be.

    And no, I won’t mind my “own business.” The preservation of the heritage of that battlefield IS my business as a taxpaying citizen.

    And you could not possibly be more wrong about it not being next to or even in “site” (nice spelling, by the way). It’s .53 miles from the southern boundary of the Park and in clear sight of that spot. And, whether you want to recognize it or not, that ground IS part of the battlefield. Union attacks began there.

    Next time you want to state an opinion, at least do your homework and don’t come across as an ignoramus.

  8. Paul LaCroix
    Fri 24th Dec 2010 at 10:27 am

    Mr Corney,
    The Gettysburg Battlefield is, as it rightly should be, the concern of all US Citizens. Anyone who says it isn’t is only fooling themself. This proposed casino is even closer to the battlefield than the previous proposal and will be easily visible from the battlefield. This casino is NOT just a local issue! I’m 100% battlefield preservation, it this isn’t stopped we will lose our history and that’s not something that I can accept.

  9. Paul LaCroix
    Fri 24th Dec 2010 at 10:29 am

    By the way, Mr. Corney, the casino has not been approved as of yet. The decision has been put off until January 6. Good try though.

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