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The Most Important Battles in US History

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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. Bear in mind, as well, 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.

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.

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Battle of Gettysburg

    Pennsylvania, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 257
    Down 40
    Normandy More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 224
    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of Midway

    DVD Region 4, Oceania, Midway Atoll More
    98
  4. 4
    Up 186
    Down 27

    ranked low on reranks
    Siege of Yorktown

    Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, ... More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 171
    Down 37
    Middlesex County, United States, with Territories, Massachusetts More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 179
    Down 82

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu County, Pearl Harbor, United States, with Territories More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 141
    Down 53
    Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands Group, Kantō region More
    81
  8. 8
    Up 146
    Down 45

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of the Bulge

    Europe, Hunnic Empire, Eurasia More
    77
  9. 9
    Up 120
    Down 44

    often listed
    Battle of Trenton

    Trenton, Mercer County, Contiguous United States More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 117
    Down 43

    often listed
    Guadalcanal Campaign

    DVD Region 4, Solomon Islands, Oceania More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 131
    Down 27
    Saratoga County, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical ... More
    72
  12. 12
    Up 124
    Down 36

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of Bunker Hill

    Eastern United States, Boston, New England More
    71
  13. 13
    Up 92
    Down 42

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Antietam

    Washington County, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 92
    Down 39
    66
  15. 15
    Up 90
    Down 34

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of Okinawa

    East Asia, Asia, Japan More
    64
  16. 16
    Up 115
    Down 61
    Texas, Area code 210, Contiguous United States More
    63
  17. 17
    Up 80
    Down 54

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Fort Sumter

    29401, Fort Sumter, United States, with Territories More
    62
  18. 18
    Up 77
    Down 42
    Tennessee, Hardin County, United States, with Territories More
    60
  19. 19
    Up 71
    Down 37

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of Inchon

    Yellow Sea More
    58
  20. 20
    Up 70
    Down 39
    Adirondack Mountains, Ticonderoga, Contiguous United States More
    58
  21. 21
    Up 61
    Down 57
    Prince William County, Contiguous United States, Northern Virginia More
    56
  22. 22
    Up 58
    Down 39

    ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Pusan Perimeter

    South Korea, East Asia, Asia More
    53
  23. 23
    Up 75
    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Allied invasion of Italy

    Europe, Eurasia, Italy More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 69
    Down 63

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Tet Offensive

    Vietnam More
    53
  25. 25
    Up 68
    Down 36
    Changjin County More
    53
  26. 26
    Up 61
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    First Battle of the Atlantic

    North Sea More
    53
  27. 27
    Up 51
    Down 52

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Philippines Campaign

    Eurasia, Maritime Southeast Asia, Municipalities of the Philippines More
    53
  28. 28
    Up 33
    Down 26

    ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Chancellorsville

    Spotsylvania County, Contiguous United States, United States of America ... More
    52
  29. 29
    Up 49
    Down 72

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battle of the Little Bighorn

    Big Horn County, Montana, United States, with Territories More
    51
  30. 30
    Up 59
    Down 48

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Khe Sanh

    South Vietnam, Asia, Southeast Asia More
    51
  31. 31
    Up 53
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of San Juan Hill

    Hurricane belt, Cuba Island, Santiago de Cuba More
    50
  32. 32
    Up 42
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Meuse-Argonne Offensive

    France More
    50
  33. 33
    Up 51
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Battle of New Orleans

    Chalmette, United States of America, United States, with Territories More
    50
  34. 34
    Up 33
    Down 28

    niche appeal
    Battle of Princeton

    Mercer County, Princeton, Contiguous United States More
    48
  35. 35
    Up 50
    Down 46
    Kuwait, Arabian Peninsula, Middle East More
    48
  36. 36
    Up 42
    Down 41

    niche appeal
    Battle of Atlanta

    DeKalb County, United States, with Territories, Georgia More
    45
  37. 37
    Up 42
    Down 61

    often listed &controversial
    Operation Market Garden

    Europe, Hunnic Empire, Eurasia More
    45
  38. 38
    Up 38
    Down 52
    Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq, Fallujah More
    45
  39. 39
    Up 30
    Down 43
    Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France More
    44
  40. 40
    Up 23
    Down 33
    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    43
  41. 41
    Up 27
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of Fort McHenry

    Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America More
    42
  42. 42
    Up 26
    Down 54

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Long Island

    Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America More
    41
  43. 43
    Up 28
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Gulf of Tonkin incident

    Gulf of Tonkin More
    40
  44. 44
    Up 21
    Down 48

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Battle of Lundy's Lane

    Canada, Ontario, Niagara Falls More
    40
  45. 45
    Up 22
    Down 43

    ranked high on reranks
    Battle of Champion Hill

    Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area More
    40
  46. 46
    Up 34
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Battle of Chapultepec

    Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico More
    40
  47. 47
    Up 31
    Down 39

    often listed
    Battle of Richmond

    Richmond, Kentucky, Richmond-Berea, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area More
    39
  48. 48
    Up 16
    Down 18
    Eurasia, Hürtgen Forest, Germany More
    38
  49. 49
    Up 17
    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Second Battle of Bull Run

    Prince William County, Contiguous United States, Northern Virginia More
    38
  50. 50
    Up 41
    Down 25
    Palestine, Middle East, Eurasia More
    38
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