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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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    Normandy

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    Midway Atoll, United States of America

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    Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States of America

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    Iwo Jima, Japan

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    Ardennes, Belgium

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    Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

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    New York, United States of America

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    Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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    Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America

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    Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America

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    San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

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    Okinawa Island, Japan

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    Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Tennessee, United States of America

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    Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History


    Tet Offensive Vietnam

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    Incheon, South Korea

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    Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York

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    Chalmette, United States of America

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    Calabria, Italy

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    Atlantic Ocean

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    Korea

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    Deer Park, Texas, United States of America

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    Europe

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    Khe Sanh, Vietnam

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    Busan, South Korea

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    Philippines

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    Forest of Argonne, France

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    Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Georgia, United States of America

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    Battle of Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History


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

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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

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    Persian Gulf

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marne, France

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sebbzor
    Germany

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    Hue, Vietnam

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    North America

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    Mexico City, Mexico

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

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    Kuwait

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    New Guinea

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    Gulf of Tonkin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Germany

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