Beauvoir holds over 150 years of history. This weekend, the home of former President of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis will host the annual Fall Muster.
The Civil War came to an end in 1865, but spectators still gather for battle reenactments 155 years later. Beauvoir in Biloxi will host its 34th annual Fall Muster this weekend. Living Historian Terry Bailey said, “There will be guns and cannons. There will be soldiers out here drilling. You’ll see camps set up where they are cooking over the open fires. One of the things that we are really proud of this year is that the 5th Alabama Regimental Band will be here. They’re typical of what would be happening back then. When there were battles going on, the regimental band would be playing music.”
Bailey looks forward to participating in the Fall Muster each year. This year more than 1,000 people are expected to attend. “I love visiting with people. What’s interesting is we have visitors that come from all over the world so I’m always interested in where people come from. People are surprised at how loud the cannons are. Overall I think they see things the way it used to be.”
Come Saturday, the encampment area will be filled with at least 100 tents and more than 300 living historians. Bailey says Fall Muster serves as a reminder of how different the world once looked. “I feel like I have stepped back in time. It doesn’t really come naturally until you get out here and start interacting with people and put these clothes on. Then it comes to you. History is being forgotten in our schools and this gives us the opportunity to teach our history.”
The battle takes place Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12.50 for adults, children are $7.50 and kids six and under get in free.