He Will Address The County's Role In The Revolutionary War
May 3, 2004 Gazette-Virginian
Judge Frank M. Slayton will be the guest speaker of the Halifax County Historical Society during Noland Village Day at Providence Saturday at 2 p.m. in the historic Halifax County Church.
Slayton will address the effects Halifax County and the colony of Virginia had on the Continental Army of the South in February of 1781 after Major General Nathaniel Greene had successfully outmaneuvered Lord Cornwallis to get his army safely across the flood swollen Dan River before it could be trapped and destroyed by the British.
Nathaniel Greene was a Rhode Islander who had never been further south than Maryland in October of 1780 when he was named to command the Continental Army in the South. He was a vigorous and ingenious man who had served General Washington well as the first Quartermaster General of the Continental Army.
During Greene's travels from Preakness, New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he would assume command of the army December 2,1780, he stopped in Richmond to visit with Governor Thomas Jefferson. While visiting the Governor, he and Jefferson came up with the novel concept of building light portable boats that were designed to fit wheels on them for easy transport as the Continental Army advances and retreated across the Carolinas. This concept would contribute to the salvation of Greene's army at Irvin's and Boyd's ferries February 13 and 14, 1781.
Slayton is a graduate of the college and law school at the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Halifax County for thirty-eight years before being named a District Court Judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for the Tenth District on July 1, 1997.
Slayton served in the House of Delegates representing Halifax and Charlotte counties from 1972 to 1988 and was a member of the Board of Visitors of Longwood College for eight years.
He is married to the former Ruth Jean Gilliland. They have three children and five grandchildren all of whom live in South Boston and Halifax County.