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d2 Monday, May 10, 1999 LIVING The Atlanta Journal-Constitution J'SW'KS. V I II? I I Yanlcees: Loyalists spied and smuggled Peach Buzz RICHARD L ELDREDGE Farrow 'frightened' for Allen baby Mother's Day was a bittersweet affair for actress and author Mia Farrow. While her Connecticut home was brimming with children and grandchildren, it was the first year without her mother, actress Maureen CSullhan. "She was my dearest mend," t arrow ;right) told us last week as she got the last of her own brood onto the school bus. "The seven children still at home, however, have been wonderful. We've just planted a garden in the back yard. We're out there getting dirty together." Farrow will discuss her 14 children, 10 of whom are adopted, and her experiences adopting special-needs children tonight at the Fox Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. (For tick ets, call 404-249-6400.) After a very public breakup with film director Woody Allen and a bitter custody fight, Farrow said she was shocked two weeks ago when pictures of Allen and his wife, Soon-YI Previn, who is Farrow's adopted daughter, with an infant were published in New York newspapers. "The child is adopted," Farrow said. "I don't know how the courts permitted this, especially in light of a judge not allowing Mr. Allen to see his own children I'm frightened for that infant I guess if you have enough celebrity, you can snow anybody." Farrow acknowledged that she has had no contact with Allen or Previn for close to six years. "In the beginning, I tried to reach out to her," Farrow said, "but I decided it would be best for me and the rest of the children to just close ranks and protect ourselves. I'll probably never see her again." Meanwhile, Farrow is keeping busy as an actress. She recently wrapped the independent feature "Coming Soon" and a CBS TV-movie with Martin Sheen, "Forget Me Never," scheduled for broadcast in November. : hi Wolfe Watch update Those rumblings last week by Michael Douglas about being interested in obtaining the" movie rights to Tom Wolfe's "A Man in Full" seem to be on the up and up. Allen Burry, an exec of Douglas' company, Further Films in Universal City, Calif., tells Buiz, "We are interested in 'A Man in Full' as a project for television. There are no agreements at this stage, and the negotiations will take however long these things take." Stay tuned. Coming soon , . . Shawn Mullins will headline the 14th annual Party With a Purpose to benefit the American Cancer Society on June 12 at Phipps Plaza (for tickets, call 404-816-4994). . . . Oprah WJnfrey and Ebony Magazine executive editor Lerone Bennett will participate in this year's Morehouse College commencement May 16 at 8 a.m. on the campus green. . . . Lyte Lpvett and his Large Band, featuring Atlanta vocalist Francine Reed, will hit Chastain Park Amphitheatre for one show Aug. 6. No word yet on when tickets will go on sale. Neeson sick of movies Making the new "Star Wars" movie, "Episode I The Phantom Menace," hasn't inspired star Li am Neeson about the movie biz: He savs he's auittinft after 20 years. "Honest to God, I don't want to do It anymore," the actor says in Redbook maga zine. "I'm not happy doing it. . . . It has nothing to do with actors. . . . However, the theater calls." Neeson, who has two other unreleased films completed, puts screen work down as anti-actor. "Film is a director's medium We are basically puppets. Producers earn all the monev and you get the sense that they hate actors. The crews are treated as slaves. ... I don t think I can live with the inau- thenticity of movies anymore." Neeson, 46, says he longs for life on the boards when "it was just me, my co-actors and an audience." Celebrity birthdays Singer Donovan is 53. Singer Dave Mason is 53. Singer Bono of U2 is 39. Contributing: News services. If you hove o tip, call 404-222-8503 or 404-6 4y. vr fax wt-526-5509. Or t-mail buzzajc .com. Continued from CI "I was on a wild goose chase, looking at one large collection of papers of the Union provost marshal general relating to Confederate citizens who were arrested in the North," Dyer says, smiling. "Lo and behold, there s Amherst's name. He'd been arrested in 1863 after leaving Atlanta and charged with being a Confederate agent. I got so excited I grabbed this total stranger next to me and said, 'You won't believe what I found!' I'd never dreamed I d find documents of that sort with these particular details." Though Amherst Stone was active in Atlanta's Unionist circles, his main loyalty, Dyer speculates, was to his pocketbook. He probably was covering his bases while on the stagecoach, in case the South won the war, which at the time seemed probable. After Stone fled Atlanta in 1863 in a desperate bid to save his fortune, federal authorities caught up with him. He managed to talk his way out of that jam by providing details about Atlanta's Unionist cell. "I just kept finding things like that," Dyer marvels. "It took a lot of patience, sure, but good luck was a big factor." That led him back to archival information in Georgia, which helped him establish, among other things, that: I While many Northerners left Atlanta when Georgia seceded, many stayed, hoping for a short war that would allow them to preserve their homes and fortunes. I Atlanta's Unionists, including Cyrena Stone, engaged in espionage, smuggled food, wine and money to wounded Union soldiers and orisoners of war. and gath ered frequently to strategize and sing patriotic songs sometimes in the presence of Cyrena's secret flag. A number of African-Americans actively aided Unionists, including businessman Robert Webster, who owned two barbershops. Dyer found an 1873 letter by wartime Atlanta Mayor James Calhoun confirming that Webster and other Unionists were in the group that surrendered the city on Sept. 2, 1864. Webster also hid two escaped Union POWs in his attic. The Unionists Dyer estimates their number at 500 out of a population of 8,000 also slipped information to the Federal Army, helped prisoners escape and made it clear to Washington that they could be counted on if needed. The Unionists counted some of the city's most prominent residents in their ranks. Besides the Stones, they included William Markham, a former mayor and one of Atlanta's richest businessmen; Nedom Angier, a member of the City Council; and Julius Hay-den, president of the Atlanta Gas Light Co. Jonathan Norcross and Alfred Austell, who have towns named for them, also were considered pro-Union. Many of their names turned up on a list of loyalists sent by letter to Gen. William T. Sherman. Mayor Calhoun, too, was known to socialize with Unionists during the war, and he claimed afterward that he had never been a real Rebel. Many transplanted Northerners had been in Georgia for decades, and the majority sided with the South, Dyer says. Still, Atlanta's five newspapers were suspicious of anyone Northern-born. Because many were influential and had friends in high places, most kept operating their businesses. Many, including the Stones, charter members of Central Presbyterian Church near today's State Capitol, were arrested and jailed periodically. Remarkably, only one Unionist was killed beaten to death by jail guards, Dyer found. "The Confederate authorities were paranoid about Union spies, and I think the paranoia was justified," Dyer says. "There clearly was a lot of intelligence gathering going on. It's now clear that these Unionists were a potent force, because they were seen by the Federal army as possible intelligence sources. . . . It's clear that when they got into Atlanta, they relied upon Unionists to help them find out who could be trusted." When Sherman ordered the city evacuated before his March to the Sea, Atlantans were given the choice of taking trains either north or south. Dyer says that about half went each way. Only a handful of Atlantans nearly all of whom had been Unionists, including Cyrena were allowed to stay with the occupying troops." Though the diary which is printed in full in the back of Dyer's book started the histo- ' rian on his trek, he relied on many other sources to flesh out the 270-page tome. Now he's searching for the rest of the diary. 1 The one UGA owns starts on Jan. 1, 1864, and ends in midsentence during the Battle of Atlanta on July 22 that same year. Through other sources, Dyer learned that Cyrena Stone rejoined her husband early in 1865 and died of cancer three years later. She lies next to her child in the family plot back in Yankee territory in Vermont. 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If you haven't eaten for awhile, do you get severe headaches or feel light headed or faint? 6. Do you get sleepy during the day? 7. Are you constantly hungry? 8. Do you have dry coarse skin? 9. Do you experience numbness in your arms and legs? 10. Do you have a loss of sexual desire? 11. Do you have trouble concentrating or memory loss? 12. Do you have swings in energy during the day? 1 3. Do you have mood swings or depression? 14. Do you feel "Sick All Over" - yet cause hasn't been found? 15. Do you have digestive problems? If you answered "YES" to more than 5 of these questions above, call now for your metabolic profile Progressive Medical Group 770-379-0553 9 Dunwoody Park, Suite 108 Atlanta, GA Most Private Insurance Accepted Not Affiliated With Medicare or HMO's Yes No a a a a a a a a a a As seen en NBC & ABC m News Jf" 1 ; .. 1 ' ' r ' - j, A , N. V i " - ' v ;, - - ; 1 "' ,', I ' f I) 1- 1 1 I , ' ' i - -i " ' , N ii f Plan your arts calendar with the Journal-Constitution Arts Guide. The easy-to-read calendar for the 1 999 summer season is a handy reference to movies, dance, festivals, theater, music and exhibits. If it's part of the arts, it's part of the Atlanta Arts Guide. THE ATLANTA ARTS GUIDE PUBLICATION DATE: Sunday, May 16, 1999 To subscribe to the Journal-Constitution, call 404-522-4 1 41 .

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