BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The sound of cannons could be heard from miles away this weekend. The noise was coming from Beauvoir, where the annual Civil War reenactment known as Fall Muster was underway. Hundreds of men and women were dressed head to toe in period pieces for the 29th annual event. This group of civil war reenactors say it's one of their favorite times of year.
"We all get together and campout, fellowship with everybody that's in the reenacting world. It's just a salute to our heritage and the confederates," said Timothy Hallman of Hazelhurst, MS.
This year's gathering drew thousands of participants and onlookers. Those involved say it's a family friendly event.
"You notice when you go back there, you see husbands, wives, and children. The kids play and mom and dad are playing reenactors," said Beauvoir events coordinator Kitsaa Stevens.
Participants usually camp out during the weekend long muster, which takes place behind the last home of Jefferson Davis. The love of history and heritage is what keeps reenactors involved.
"It's not too hard to get people enthused about it and especially given the nature of politics in this country right now," said Terry Bailey.
Co-organizer Terry Bailey is referring to the ongoing debate of the confederate battle symbol.
"I think we all really need to move beyond getting hung up on the flag. We've got problems in this country that that flag has got nothing to do with," said Bailey.
Kitsaa Stevens said although there are confederate flags flying at the historic property daily and throughout the event, that's not the focus of Fall Muster.
"It's more about coming down and seeing old friends and having a great time than it is actually about the whys and the what fors of the confederate battle flag," said Stevens.
Several vendors were also set up around the property selling period pieces and flags.