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The Most Important Battles in US History  

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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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Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Normandy
The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion by and establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II; the largest amphibious invasion to ...more
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Battle of Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Pennsylvania, United States of America
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the ...more
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Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Midway Atoll, United States of America
The Battle of Midway was a crucial and decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month ...more
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Attack on Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States of America
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, ...more
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Siege of Yorktown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Virginia, United States of America
The Battle of Yorktown or Siege of Yorktown was fought from April 5 to May 4, 1862, as part of the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Marching from Fort Monroe, Union Maj. Gen. George ...more
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Battles of Lexington and Conco... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Massachusetts, United States of America
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts ...more
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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Ardennes, Belgium
The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the ...more
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Battle of Bunker Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts
The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after the adjacent Bunker Hill, which ...more
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Battles of Saratoga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
New York, United States of America
The Battles of Saratoga marked the climax of the Saratoga campaign giving a decisive victory to the Americans over the British in the American Revolutionary War. British General John Burgoyne ...more
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Battle of Trenton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
The Battle of Trenton was a small but pivotal battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place on the morning of December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey. After General George ...more
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Battle of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Iwo Jima, Japan
The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces landed and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The ...more
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Battle of Antietam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America
The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South, fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek as part of the Maryland ...more
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Guadalcanal Campaign is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943 on ...more
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Battle of the Alamo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on ...more
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Vicksburg Campaign is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America
The Vicksburg Campaign was a series of maneuvers and battles in the Western Theater of the American Civil War directed against Vicksburg, Mississippi, a fortress city that dominated the last ...more
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Battle of Okinawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Okinawa Island, Japan
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and included the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War during World War II. The ...more
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Battle of Fort Sumter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina
The Battle of Fort Sumter was the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina, that started the American Civil War. Following declarations of secession by seven ...more
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Battle of Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Tennessee, United States of America
The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought April 6-8, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A ...more
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Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Vietnam
The Tet Offensive was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched on January 30, 1968 by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese People's Army of Vietnam against the ...more
20
Allied invasion of Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Calabria, Italy
The Allied Invasion of Italy was the Allied landing on mainland Italy on 3 September 1943, by General Harold Alexander's 15th Army Group during the Second World War. The operation followed the ...more
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First Battle of Bull Run is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Virginia, United States of America
The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas, was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas, not far from Washington, D.C. It was the ...more
22
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York
The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga occurred during the American Revolutionary War on May 10, 1775, when a small force of Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold overcame ...more
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First Battle of the Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
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Battle of New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Chalmette, United States of America
The Battle of New Orleans was a series of engagements fought between December 24, 1814, through January 8, 1815, and was the final major battle of the War of 1812. American combatants, commanded ...more
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Battle of Inchon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Incheon, South Korea
The Battle of Inchon was an amphibious invasion and battle of the Korean War that resulted in a decisive victory and strategic reversal in favor of the United Nations. The operation involved ...more