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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Battle of Fort Sumter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fort Sumter Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

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Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Tet Offensive Vietnam

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

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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

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

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

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Battle of New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of New Orleans Chalmette, United States of America

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Battle of Pusan Perimeter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Pusan Perimeter Busan, South Korea

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

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Battle of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Atlanta Georgia, United States of America

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Battle of Chosin Reservoir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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Battle of Khe Sanh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Khe Sanh Khe Sanh, Vietnam

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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

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

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Battle of Princeton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Princeton Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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Battle of Chancellorsville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Chancellorsville Virginia, United States of America

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Meuse-Argonne Offensive is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Meuse-Argonne Offensive Forest of Argonne, France

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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

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

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

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Battle of Hue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Hue Hue, Vietnam

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Battle of Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fort McHenry Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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Battle of the Chesapeake is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
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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French and Indian War is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
French and Indian War North America

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

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Battle of Chapultepec is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico

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Battle of Guilford Court House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Guilford Court House Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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Liberation of Kuwait campaign is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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Gulf of Tonkin incident is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Gulf of Tonkin incident Gulf of Tonkin

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First Arab–Israeli War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History