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FAKE GUARD BADGES

I have seen many examples of these items on several auction houses and although the texture and color is different, the letters are all identical. They appear to have been stamped by individual tools as they are uneven and some tilted, they all have the SAME letters uneven,,, and tilted. This shows they were made in mass production by the same tool die.

OTHER WAYS TO IDENTIFY FAKE BADGES

1. Simply Guards here NEVER had badges of any type.
2. This site was named " Andersonville" by the Union prisoners held here connected with the small town / depot called Anderson Station that they arrived at less than a mile from the stockade. The Union and Confederates called many Civil War sites by different names. Examples are Antietam = Sharpsburg...Manasses = Bull Run...Millen Gergia = Camp Lawton... and Andersonville in all official records , documents, and names was CAMP SUMTER. ANY item that is supposed to be a Confederate issued item will NOT have Andersonville stamped on it. We have several examples of these badges at the National POW site for paper weights and conversation pieces.

OTHER WAYS TO IDENTIFY FAKE BADGES

In the years following the way there were many reunions here at the site for Andersonville survivors as well as dedication of erected State memorials. Its possiable that these were mass produced to sell as souviners in the early 1900`s or in even later years when this area was a common route for travelers from northern states going to Florida.