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List Rules 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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1,121 310
Battle of Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Gettysburg Pennsylvania, United States of America

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1,174 212
Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

3
940 161
Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Midway Midway Atoll, United States of America

4
714 273
Attack on Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Attack on Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States of America

5
714 181
Battles of Lexington and Conco... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battles of Lexington and Concord Massachusetts, United States of America

6
737 157
Siege of Yorktown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Siege of Yorktown Virginia, United States of America

7
555 214
Battle of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Iwo Jima Iwo Jima, Japan

8
619 190
Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of the Bulge Ardennes, Belgium

9
476 169
Battle of Trenton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Trenton Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

10
478 160
Battle of Bunker Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Bunker Hill Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

11
406 175
Guadalcanal Campaign is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Guadalcanal Campaign Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

12
499 137
Battles of Saratoga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battles of Saratoga New York, United States of America

13
386 160
Battle of Antietam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Antietam Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America

14
429 268
Battle of the Alamo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of the Alamo San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

15
341 147
Vicksburg Campaign is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Vicksburg Campaign Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America

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350 144
Battle of Okinawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Okinawa Okinawa Island, Japan

17
317 199
Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Tet Offensive Vietnam

18
293 182
Battle of Fort Sumter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fort Sumter Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

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218 182
First Battle of Bull Run is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
First Battle of Bull Run Virginia, United States of America

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263 139
Allied invasion of Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Allied invasion of Italy Calabria, Italy

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248 151
Battle of Inchon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Inchon Incheon, South Korea

22
269 152
Battle of Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Shiloh Tennessee, United States of America

23
226 145
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York

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190 140
First Battle of the Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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174 144
Philippines Campaign is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Philippines Campaign Philippines

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159 85
Cold War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
zxray added Cold War Europe

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252 135
Battle of New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of New Orleans Chalmette, United States of America

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180 151
Battle of Pusan Perimeter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Pusan Perimeter Busan, South Korea

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197 164
Battle of Khe Sanh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Khe Sanh Khe Sanh, Vietnam

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165 127
Battle of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Atlanta Georgia, United States of America

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251 131
Battle of Chosin Reservoir is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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165 211
Battle of the Little Bighorn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of the Little Bighorn Montana, United States of America

33
196 114
Battle of San Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
JacobCuellar added Battle of San Jacinto Deer Park, Texas, United States of America

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171 102
Meuse-Argonne Offensive is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Meuse-Argonne Offensive Forest of Argonne, France

35
133 122
Battle of Princeton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Princeton Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

36
154 111
Battle of Chancellorsville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Chancellorsville Virginia, United States of America

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161 152
Battle of San Juan Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of San Juan Hill Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

38
123 125
Second Battle of the Marne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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137 87
Gulf War is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Gulf War Persian Gulf

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142 172
Operation Market Garden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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153 95
Battle of Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fort McHenry Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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122 99
Battle of Hue is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Hue Hue, Vietnam

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91 51
French and Indian War is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
French and Indian War North America

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98 65
Battle of the Chesapeake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Ryuo added Battle of the Chesapeake Atlantic Ocean - Decided the American Revolution, allowed the Siege of Yorktown. A rare strategic defeat for the Royal Navy.

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131 61
Combined Bomber Offensive is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
sebbzor added Combined Bomber Offensive Germany

46
125 75
Battle of Fredericksburg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fredericksburg Virginia, United States of America

47
129 120
Battle of Chapultepec is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico

48
96 115
Battle of Guilford Court House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Guilford Court House Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

49
94 137
Battle of Long Island is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Long Island New York City, New York, United States of America

50
187 135
Liberation of Kuwait campaign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History