From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/31/1864, p.1, c. 6

Confederate States District Court. – Judge Halyburton delivered his decision yesterday in the habeas corpus case of John H. Leftwich, who claims exemption from military service on the ground of being a mail contractor. The Judge gave as his opinion that any man who holds a contract from the Government for carrying the mail on any route over ten miles in length cannot be compelled to perform service in the Confederate army, no matter whether said contract was made anterior or prior to the passage of the act by the Confederate Congress conscripting all persons between the ages of eighteen and forty-five; and Mr. Leftwich having proved that his contract embraced a route over ten miles in length, he was therefore discharged.

The habeas corpus case of Lester Lloyd and H. D. Stevens were postponed till Thursday.

The decision in the habeas corpus case of Frederick W. Boyd will be delivered on Friday.

The Court adjourned till eleven o’clock this morning.


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