Decision under the Conscript law.
--A case of some general interest under the military act of February 17th, 1861, in respect to the exemption of physicians, lately went up from Lancaster
, S C, as reported by the Ledger
The law exempts from military service all physicians over the age of thirty years, who have been seven years in the practice.
In a circular issued from the Conscripts Department of South Carolina the law was construed to apply only to physicians who had been regularly licensed.
A practicing physician in this district, who had never received a diploma from a medical college, but who was over 30 years of age, and had been more than seven years in the practice, made application for exemption to the local enrolling officer.
The latter, acting under instructions contained in the circular above mentioned, decided that the applicant was not entitled to exemption.
From this decision an appeal was sent up upon the ground that it was not in accordance with the law.
The Secretary of War
decided that the exception was well taken, and that the facts as to age and length of time in regular practice were sufficient to entitle the applicant to exemption under the act of Congress--Charleston Courier.