Civil War enthusiasts from across the South landed at Beauvoir in Biloxi on Saturday for the 29th annual Fall Muster. The two-day muster, which is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the historic home, concludes this afternoon.
"This is our signature event," Beauvoir administrator Greg Stewart said. "We've been doing this for almost 30 years. This is a great opportunity for people who haven't been to Beauvoir in a while to come and check us out. We expect to have about 3,000 people during the Fall Muster."
On Saturday, re-enactors were set up on a midway along Beauvoir's property hoping to offer visitors a glimpse into the Civil War South.
"They do a great job with the details," Stewart said of the re-enactors. "You may see a cooler or two come out every once in awhile, but the weapons are very specific to the time period. The re-enactors do a great job of policing themselves.
"We have so many participants this year that they are spread out over about 5 acres. This is a good event for the local economy because it attracts a lot of people that are going to be spending money along the Coast."
Stewart said one of the highlights of the gathering is a re-creation of a Civil War battle between Confederate and Union soldiers.
"This is just a re-enactment," he said. "No battle was ever fought here. It's strictly a made-up battle, but people look forward to it. It's a well-attended event, especially with the great weather we are having this year."
Stephen Wainwright, who plays in a musical group based on the Civil War era, said he has been attending the Fall Muster since he was 15.
"I've been coming over from Mobile for several years," he said. "We love playing some tunes on the midway. This is part of our nation's legacy, be it good or bad. We love coming to Biloxi. This is one of our favorite events of the year."