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The Daily Dispatch: November 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], Confederate States District Court--Judge Halyburton presiding. (search)
Confederate States District Court--Judge Halyburton presiding. --The case of Edward E. Orvis, taken in custody under the conscription law, and which was continued from Saturday last, was called up. This was an application for a discharge under a writ of habeas corpus, heretofore granted, and in support of the application voluminous documents were read and a lengthy argument delivered by the petitioner, who is an attorney at law. Orvis enlisted as a substitute for Fayette Allen in the early part of the war, and upon the disbanding of the company to which he was attached, he was discharged on the ground of his religion, and afterwards arrested as a conscript. Orvis claimed that he was held as a conscript, and that being a conscript he was entitled to a discharge on the ground that he was a clergyman; that he was not liable on account of his substitute ship. After reply from P. H. Aylett, the District Attorney--most severe, we must say, though justified by the facts — the ca