From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/24/1864, p.1, c. 6
Confederate States District Court. – In Judge Halyburton’s Court yesterday the following business was disposed of:
George Arents was discharged from military service, under a writ of habeas corpus, he being a mail contractor before the passage of the conscript act. – The Judge rendered his decision without hearing any argument in the case.
The balance of the time of the court was occupied in hearing the argument of counsel in the habeas corpus case of John H. Leftwich, who claims exemption from military service on the ground of being a mail contractor. This case differs from the above, insomuch that Mr. Leftwitch did not receive his contract till two months subsequent to the passage of the act requiring all persons between the ages of eighteen and forty-five to enter the service. Mr. Humphrey Marshall acts as counsel for the petitioner, and Colonel Thomas P. August and James Neeson represent the Government. Colonel August will conclude the argument today.