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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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    Ardennes, Belgium

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    Iwo Jima, Japan

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    Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    New York, United States of America

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    Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

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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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    Incheon, South Korea

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    Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History


    Tet Offensive Vietnam

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    Chalmette, United States of America

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    Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York

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    Calabria, Italy

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    Deer Park, Texas, United States of America

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    First Battle of the Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History


    First Battle of the Atlantic Atlantic Ocean

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    Korea

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    Cold War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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    Cold War Europe

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    Busan, South Korea

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    Khe Sanh, Vietnam

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    Philippines

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    Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Forest of Argonne, France

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    Battle of Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History


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

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    Georgia, 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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    Persian Gulf

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

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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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    North America

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    Germany

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    Mexico City, Mexico

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    Hue, Vietnam

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    Kuwait

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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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    New Guinea

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    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Gulf of Tonkin

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