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 The old concept of the US "declaring war" on another nation and conducting an extended campaign has grown a bit outdated over time, with presidents conducting foreign policy and consulting the legislative branch only when conflicts escalated.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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  1. 81

    Battle of Boca Teacapan

    1970. Opponents: Mexican Pirates.
  2. 82

    Korean Expedition

    June 1, 1871 - July 3, 1871. Opponents: Joseon Dynasty.
  3. 83

    Modoc War

    Modoc War
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    July 6, 1872 – June 4, 1873. Opponents: Modoc.
  4. 84

    Oahu Expedition

    1974. Opponents: Emmaites.
  5. 85

    Red River War

    Red River War
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    June 27, 1874 - June 1875. Opponents: Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa.
  6. 86
    Great Sioux War of 1876-77
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    1876–1877. Opponents: Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho.
  7. 87
    Nez Perce War
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    1877. Opponents: Nez Perce.
  8. 88

    Bannock War

    1878. Opponents: Bannock Shoshone.
  9. 89

    Cheyenne War

    1878–1879. Opponents: Cheyenne.
  10. 90
    1879. Opponents: Shoshone.
  11. 91

    White River War

    White River War
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    1879–1880. Opponents: Ute.
  12. 92

    Egyptian Expedition

    Egyptian Expedition
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    June - July 1882. Opponents: Urabi Rebels.
  13. 93

    Colombian Civil War

    March 30-April 24, 1885. Opponents: Colombian rebels.
  14. 94

    Samoan crisis

    Samoan crisis
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    1887–1889. Opponents: German Empire.
  15. 95

    Ghost Dance War

    November 1890 – January 1891. Opponents: Sioux.
  16. 96

    Bering Sea Anti-Poaching Operations

    Bering Sea Anti-Poaching Operations
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    June 22 - October 5, 1891. Opponents: Bering Sea Poachers.
  17. 97
    Chilean Civil War
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    1891. Opponents: Chile.
  18. 98

    Rio de Janeiro Affair

    Rio de Janeiro Affair
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    January 21–9, 1894. Opponents: Brazilian Rebels.
  19. 99

    Second Samoan Civil War

    Second Samoan Civil War
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    1898–1899. Opponents: Mataafans.
  20. 100
    Spanish-American War
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    April 25 – August 12, 1898. Opponents: Spain.
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