Fall Muster brings Civil War re-enactors to the grounds of Beauvoir this weekend

The Civil War comes to life this weekend with the 31st annual Fall Muster at Beauvoir.

The event features three days of Civil War reenactments and plenty of 1800s history. Festival hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Friday is School Day and more than 600 students are expected.

Saturday events include a ladies’ tea at 10 a.m., followed by a soldiers’ drill, School of the Soldier, and a court martial skit. The reenactment will be at 2 p.m. A period ball will be held at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, church services and a memorial service to the Unknown Soldier will be held, beginning at 9:45 a.m. A Confederate Iron Cross service will be held at 11:15 a.m., followed by a company drill.

Andrea Little, assistant director of business development and events, said the Fall Muster is planned year-round to bring a slice of living history to the Gulf Coast.

About 200 history enthusiasts participate in the reenactment and about 300 are on the grounds for the weekend. Little said the role players are more than enthusiastic in making the battle about as real as it could be.

“They go all out. They don’t actually kill each other and that’s about it,” Little said.

There are three authentic cannons that are fired at the end of each battle.

The vendors at the event offer only handmade items such as soaps, candles and models of Civil War ships.

Even the children’s activities are kept in line with the history theme. Kids can make arts and crafts and learn history at various educational stations.

Little said the Fall Muster is like reliving the past.

“It’s like you actually step back into the 1800’s,” Little said.

Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10 for military and seniors, and $7.50 for ages 6-18.

Fall Muster

Where: Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Admission: $12.50 for adults, $10 for military and seniors, and $7.50 for ages 6-18.