List of American Wars Historical Events

List of American Wars

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A list of wars or military conflicts involving the United States, beginning with the American Revolution of 1774. Significant wars are included on the list, along with the major campaigns conducted within those wars. Individual military actions conducted outside of a war are also featured. Skirmishes and military actions related to the Cold War or the conflicts between Native Americans and the United States military, for example, are included on this list of American wars.

When possible, the combatants engaging the United States are also listed, though this becomes more challenging when dealing with the "War on Terror"-related conflicts of the early 21st Century and its collection of insurgents and enemy combatants.

Want to know how many wars have been fought on American soil? This list gives you conflicts involving the US include wars on US soil and extended overseas engagements against an entrenched enemy as well as more modern "quick" intercessions into global affairs. The old concept of the US "declaring war" on another nation and conducting an extended campaign has grown a bit outdated over time, with presidents conducting foreign policy and consulting the legislative branch only when conflicts escalated. This American wars list is your resource for US military history.


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    American Revolutionary War
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    September 1, 1774 - September 3, 1783. Opponents: Great Britain, Loyalist Iroquois, Cherokee.
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    Boston campaign
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    September 1, 1774 - March 17, 1776. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain.
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    Canadian Campaign

    June 1775 - October 1776. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain, Canadian Militia.
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    New York and New Jersey campaign
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    July 1776 - March 1777. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great ,Britain, Hesse-Kassel, Waldeck-Pyrmont.
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    Saratoga campaign
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    June 14, 1777 - October 17, 1777. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Hesse-Hanau.
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    1777 - 1778. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain, Hesse-Kassel, Ansbach-Bayreuth.
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    Western Theater

    1775 - 1782. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: American Indians,Great Britain.
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    Chickamauga Wars (1776–1794)

    1776 - 1794. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: American Indians, Great Britain, Cherokee Shawnee, Ojibway, Creek, Chickamauga, Miami Mingo, Kickapoo, Lenape, Mascouten, Potawatomi, Sauk, Wyandot.
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    Northern Theater

    1778 - 1782. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain.
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    Southern Theatre

    1775–1782. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain.
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    Yorktown campaign

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    Yorktown campaign
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    January – October, 1781. Part of the American Revolutionary War. Opponents: Great Britain, Ansbach-Bayreuth, Hesse-Kassel.
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    Northwest Indian War
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    1785–1795.
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    Quasi-War
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    1798–1800. Opponents French Republic.
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    First Barbary War

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    First Barbary War
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    1801–1805. Opponents: Vilayet of Tripoli, Morocco.
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    Tecumseh's War

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    Tecumseh's War
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    August - November 1811.
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    War of 1812
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    June 18, 1812 – March 23, 1815.
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    Atlantic Theatre

    1812–1815. Part of the War of 1812. Opponents: British Empire.
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    Chesapeake Campaign

    1813–1814. Part of the Atlantic Theatre of the War of 1812. Opponents: British Empire.
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    Great Lakes and Western Theatre

    1812–1815. Part of the War of 1812. Opponents: British Empire.
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    Canadian Campaign

    1812–1813. Part of the Great Lakes and Western Theatre of the War of 1812. Opponents: British Empire.
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