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Read what some of the leading Civil War authorities, collectors and historians have to say about War Between The States Memorabilia and its well known proprietor and head historian, Len Rosa

"I have known Len Rosa for several decades, and it is with great pleasure that I profess that you will not meet a more honorable and trustworthy person in this business than Len. He is a true gentleman and sincere to the bone! You can be most confident when dealing with him. It has been my great pleasure to know him for all these years!" Dave Mark (Anne Arundel House - 18th & 19th Century Antiques & Militaria), 60 years of collecting, 45 years as a full-time dealer, author, contributor to numerous books and articles. (War Between The States footnote about Mr. Mark's 2016 book titled, "Maryland Confederate Faces; A Private Collection." This remarkable hardbound book presents us with the largest collection ever assembled of original photographs of Marylander's who fought for the Confederacy. Published in a limited edition, in full color, it is a must have for any serious student or collector of Civil War photography!)

"As a military museum curator and private collector I have known Mr. Rosa for more than three decades. He is an outstanding dealer of historic artifacts. He has a great knowledge of historic materials and is always honest and fair in his business transactions. I have never found any problems with his listings or transactions. I highly recommend him as a trustworthy dealer of historic materials." Michael J. McAfee, Military Museum Curator USMA, West Point, and Collector of historic photography, Author and Museum Consultant.

"For the many years I have known Len Rosa he has been a constant student of history, a dedicated collector, and a fair and honest dealer. My interactions with Len have always been pleasant and I recommend him for his knowledge and integrity." Steve Sylvia, Author and Publisher of North South Trader’s Civil War magazine. Mr. Sylvia is also the President of the Civil War Dealers and Collectors Association, and a well known Civil War show promoter.

"I have been purchasing vintage, original Civil War letters and photographs from War Between the States Memorabilia and Len Rosa for more than 25 years. Several of the most important photographs in my collection have come from him. I can personally attest to Len's integrity, honesty and fairness as a dealer -- one whose passion for Civil War history and sharing it with others is fully as important as the marketing side of his business." Bob Zeller, President, The Center for Civil War Photography. Mr. Zeller is also the author of several excellent books on Civil War Photography.

"It has been my pleasure to know Len Rosa for many years. He has always been professional and honest in all of our dealings and I would highly recommend him to any collector whether new or seasoned. His passion for studying and sharing his knowledge of Civil War history is unmatched." Ronn Palm, Museum of Civil War Images, Gettysburg, PA.

"We have known Len Rosa, Proprietor of War Between the States, for nearly 40 years. During this time he has set an industry standard for honesty, integrity and professionalism. We have never hesitated to recommend his services to anyone. His reputation for honest and fair dealings in the photography and autograph fields is impeccable. In this day and age of electronic commerce anyone can feel 100% confidence when dealing as a buyer or seller with Len." Sam and Wes Small, The Horse Soldier, Gettysburg, PA.

"We have known & dealt with Len Rosa for more than 35 years. We have known him to be honest, helpful, & with a high degree of integrity. We have always been highly pleased with the material we have purchased from him over the years. His expertise in the autograph, letter, and document world is above reproach. We consider Len not only a fellow colleague but a very good friend as well. Brian & Maria Green, Inc., Kernersville, N.C.

"I started collecting Civil War artifacts around 1978. Among the first few people I met was Len Rosa, proprietor of War Between the States Memorabilia. It did not take me long to realize he was not just another Civil War dealer. He was extremely knowledgeable, fair and honest. Over the years we have bought and sold items on many occasions. I think we both walked away realizing we made a fair deal for each of us. He has a genuine interest in Civil War artifacts besides just profit. He is an historian of note and most of all I still, after 40+ years, consider him a very good friend." Joe Fulginiti, Owner, Valor Art Ltd., Fredericksburg, VA.

"I have know Len Rosa for over 35 years, during which time I have been a customer and occasional supplier for him. I have always found him to be knowledgeable, forthright and honest in all of his dealings, both in the early days when he was living in Gettysburg, and now that he is living in Florida. His catalogs of historical documents and autographs are always loaded with fine, genuine and well described items. While there are plenty of "dealers" these days one should be wary of, Len is not one of those. His offerings are always well described and as stated, and I have found them to be fairly priced. I enjoy my business relationship with Len and look forward to many more years of honest transactions. Barry A. Smith, Greensboro, N.C. Member of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association, and The Manuscript Society."

"I am a private collector of Civil War era photographs and ephemera, with a serious collection put together over the years through purchases from a number of sources. Of the dealers I have bought from, none has proven to be more trustworthy and reliable than Len Rosa. Every purchase (and there have been well over two hundred) was handled to my utmost satisfaction, and I have found Mr. Rosa to be consistently professional and responsible, honest with his descriptions, fair with his prices, and timely with his mailings. He is an honorable gentleman worthy of your trust." Mike Stevens, Private Practice Physician. President, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

"Len Rosa, owner of War Between the States Memorabilia, is a long established and well recognized authority and dealer of historical American artifacts, photographs, and correspondence. His long standing reputation as a scrupulous and entirely honest expert is well established." Wiley Sword. Mr. Sword is a well-known historian and Fletcher Pratt Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominated author who has written several excellent books on the Civil War.

"For the past 35 years, I have had the pleasure of being associated with Len Rosa, both personally and professionally. He is a premier dealer in civil war memorabilia, whose standard for honesty, integrity and professionalism is beyond reproach. Len’s reputation as a civil war dealer is "rock solid" and I would highly recommend him to any collector." Jim Quinlan, USMC (Ret.), Excelsior Brigade, Inc., Alexandria, VA.

"Len Rosa has always been a very fine, upstanding gentleman in our dealings. He is extremely knowledgeable, trustworthy, and forthright." Dean Thomas, Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, PA. Mr. Thomas is also the author of several excellent books on the Civil War, he has contributed to numerous Civil War related television shows, and has been a well known Civil War show promoter for many years.

"I have been associated with Len Rosa through my store in Gettysburg, Pa. for the past 25 years. I have always found Mr Rosa to be a trusted Civil War photographic and memorabilia seller, buyer, and collector. His honesty and experience is second to none." Ken Boardman, Proprietor, The Antique Center of Gettysburg.

"I’ve been actively purchasing Civil War images and documents online since 1998, and I have to say that Len Rosa is easily among the most honest and most pleasant to do business with. Len’s description of condition has been impeccable, and his integrity where authenticity, price and even “little things” like shipping and his online courtesy are second to none. I wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a deal with this fine gentleman.” Jim Stanley of Jim Stanley & Associates.

"I have known Len Rosa for many years. He is one of the preeminent Civil War photograph experts in the country. All of my dealings with him have been extremely positive. I wholeheartedly recommend him to my customers and others who seek to build a museum quality collection of Civil War photography." Mike Medhurst, Owner, Medhurst & Company.

"It has been my privilege for the past 35 plus years to have known and done business with Len Rosa. Throughout these many years, Len has provided collectors a service of honesty and reliability. His material is always 100% authentic and guaranteed. In this day and age when there are sometimes fraudulent items appearing on the internet, it is refreshing to have a superb resource like Len Rosa's "War Between the States Memorabilia," where one can go and be assured of quality and authenticity." Cal Packard, Owner, Museum Quality Americana.

"Thank you for your stellar website and the wonderful Civil War artifacts that you offer for purchase in the most integrity-filled experience a collector can have. Your shop is unparalleled. I have purchased many items from you over the years and cherish them. All my experiences have been top-notched. War Between the States Memorabilia is quite simply the best." Britt Isenberg, Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg National Military Park.

"I have been a collector of Civil War memorabilia for 40 plus years and have known and purchased from Len since he started his business. These purchases have occurred at shows, his excellent print catalogs (which I still have as they make for great reference sources) and since 1998 through his wonderful website. I continue to purchase from Len after all these years because of the quality, diversity, and authenticity of his items. My collection has grown and benefited from my many acquisitions, some of which I have never seen for sale anywhere else! I have never been the least bit disappointed with a purchase from Len and there have been many. His descriptions of items are well researched and the items fairly priced. Bottom line - great stuff from a great dealer. Take it from a longtime collector and customer - War Between the States Memorabilia is worthy of a five star rating." Arthur G.

"I first made the acquaintance of Len Rosa at a Civil War show in the 1970's, and immediately realized that this young man was very different than most of the newcomers I encountered in our community. Quiet, polite and observant, he soaked up knowledge like a sponge, and was never condescending to anyone he met. His passion to learn as much about American history as he could was quite apparent right from the beginning, and when he decided to pursue this as his career he did so for the right reasons; to share his love and knowledge of our country, and its diversified history, and help to teach others who were like minded. True to his ideals, Len always put his pursuit for true American history above all else. To this day he remains that same purveyor of knowledge, and he has truly earned his nickname, the "Caretaker of American History!" His website continues to be one of the most informative sources about Civil War history on the internet. Go peruse his site, you won't be disappointed. It is one of my distinct pleasures to be his colleague!" William A. Turner (Author of Even More Confederate Faces).

"During the course of my Civil War military collecting career, I have bought, sold and traded with Len Rosa for over 30 years and have always been most satisfied with the end results. Having consistently presented extremely high-quality artifacts at realistic prices to the buyer's market, Len has been the go to man for rare soldiers' letters, photographs and other associated memorabilia. There are only a handful of Civil War dealer websites that I check on a daily basis and Len's site is one of a matter-of-fact, I usually check his site several times during the day to make sure that I don't miss out on any treasures that may surface. In addition to being one of the most reputable War Between the States ephemera dealers in the world, I am proud to call Len a personal friend. Honesty, integrity and professionalism have always been the hallmark of Len's business transactions." William J. Stier, Civil War Collector, Historian & Author.

To read more testimonials about Len Rosa and "War Between The States Memorabilia" please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the "About Us" link. That will take you to another page where you can find more information about Mr. Len Rosa, his stellar historical business, and his very interesting career.

Enjoy your visit to the War Between the States where true American history proudly lives forever, the history of a Republic that is worth preserving!

May our brave American soldiers, and their families, men and women alike, of all colors and creeds, from yesteryear to today, be forever blessed for earning us the freedom and liberty we now enjoy which was garnered with the sacrifice of their blood, sweat and tears! The greatest casualty is being forgotten! Please remember these noble patriots, these true heroes, not only on the veteran's holidays, but on every day of the year! If you see a Veteran, reach out and say thank you for your service. We owe much to them, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice!

"...that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." These immortal words were spoken by President Abraham Lincoln, on November 19, 1863, at the dedication ceremonies of the Gettysburg National Soldier's Cemetery.

"With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." These famous words were spoken by President Abraham Lincoln, on March 4, 1865, upon the occasion of his Second Inaugural Address, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Ironically President Lincoln would be assassinated 41 days later after having taken the oath of office for his 2nd term as the 16th President of the United States. These words are enshrined on the north interior wall of the Lincoln Memorial, at Washington, D.C.

"Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men." Quote from Roger Sherman, Founding Father from the State of Connecticut, and signer of the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. He is the only person to sign all four of the great founding documents of the United States of America.


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