The Most Important Battles in US History

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List Criteria: Vote simply on how impactful a given battle was to the course of US history, regardless of whether you were happy with the outcome, etc.

The most significant major battles in American history, ranked by everyone. Anyone can vote on this list, making these rankings a good way to determine how important these battles were to the development of the United States. Therefore, your votes should be based on how crucial you feel these battles were, not whether you are a fan of the outcome or how much you agree with the reasons for fighting.

The course of US history was significantly altered by each of these famous battles in American history. These famous American battles helped the US become the country it is today, for better or worse. There's no denying that, whether or not you agree with the politics of war, these important battles were fought during some of the most important wars in history and left their mark on many countries, not just the United States. Many even rank among the most important historical events in US history, or even world history.
 
Bear in mind, these results are not limited to battles fought within the territory of the United States. Feel free to include any other battles that you think directly impacted the future course of events in the United States.


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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    - 140


    Normandy

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    + 717
    - 109


    Midway Atoll, United States of America

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    + 525
    - 126


    Massachusetts, United States of America

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    + 535
    - 112


    Virginia, United States of America

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    + 522
    - 195


    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States of America

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    + 472
    - 127


    Ardennes, Belgium

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    + 430
    - 139


    Iwo Jima, Japan

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    + 359
    - 124


    Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    + 404
    - 99

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    New York, United States of America

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    + 359
    - 115


    Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

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  12. 12
    + 329
    - 130


    Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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  13. 13
    + 308
    - 125


    Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America

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  14. 14
    + 270
    - 108


    Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America

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    + 365
    - 194


    San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

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    + 277
    - 114


    Okinawa Island, Japan

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    + 238
    - 140


    Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

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    - 137


    Virginia, United States of America

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    - 120


    Tennessee, United States of America

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    + 208
    - 113


    Incheon, South Korea

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    Tet Offensive Vietnam

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    Chalmette, United States of America

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    + 183
    - 115


    Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York

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    + 209
    - 102


    Calabria, Italy

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    - 87

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    Deer Park, Texas, United States of America

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    Atlantic Ocean

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    Korea

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    Europe

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    + 149
    - 116


    Busan, South Korea

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    - 133


    Khe Sanh, Vietnam

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    + 143
    - 111


    Philippines

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    + 110
    - 98


    Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    + 138
    - 98


    Georgia, United States of America

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    + 131
    - 84


    Forest of Argonne, France

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    + 127
    - 76


    Battle of Fort McHenry Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    + 125
    - 93


    Virginia, United States of America

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    + 136
    - 126

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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    + 98
    - 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Persian Gulf

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    - 173

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Montana, United States of America

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    + 100
    - 63


    Virginia, United States of America

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    North America

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marne, France

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    - 77


    Hue, Vietnam

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    - 46

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    Germany

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    + 110
    - 98


    Mexico City, Mexico

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    + 73
    - 53

    added by Ryuo
    Atlantic Ocean Decided the American Revolution, allowed the Siege of Yorktown. A rare strategic defeat for the Royal Navy.

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    + 166
    - 107


    Kuwait

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    + 111
    - 92


    Gulf of Tonkin

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    + 98
    - 21

    added by ErikBaran
    New Guinea

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    - 94


    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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