S.C. parks director named to new regional post

08/12/2014 1:35 PM

08/12/2014 1:36 PM

John Slaughter, a 13-year veteran of the National Park Service and supervisor of two U.S. parks in South Carolina, has been named supervisor of a newly formed federal park group that includes Kings Mountain National Military Park southwest of Charlotte.

In the new position, which was announced earlier this summer, Slaughter also will supervise Cowpens National Battlefield, Ninety Six National Historic Site and the Overmountain Victory National Historical Trail. Most recently, he had been superintendent of the Cowpens and Ninety Six facilities.

Slaughter left a career as an engineer to work in the National Park Service. He worked at the Joshua Tree National Park in California before becoming superintendent of the two South Carolina parks in 2011.

“These four National Park sites play a significant role in preserving and making relevant the history of a fledgling nation, especially that of American Revolutionary War battles in the Southern states,” Slaughter said.

Kings Mountain National Military Park is in Cherokee County, S.C., along the state line south of Kings Mountain and Shelby. It is the site of a decisive battle in autumn 1780, when a group of American patriots defeated a force of American Loyalists commanded by a Scottish officer.

The battle forced British General Lord Cornwallis to retreat, eroded Loyalist support in the western Carolinas, and allowed American forces to regroup in advance of their decisive victory in early 1781 at Cowpens, S.C.

Slaughter and his wife, Shannon, an elementary school teacher, live in the Spartanburg area with their three daughters.

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