Wars 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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1
1,417 414
Battle of Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Pennsylvania, United States of America

2
1,433 272
Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

3
1,146 221
Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Midway Atoll, United States of America

4
912 335
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

5
931 208
Siege of Yorktown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Virginia, United States of America

6
877 239
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

7
679 285
Battle of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Iwo Jima, Japan

8
744 255
Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Ardennes, Belgium

9
593 221
Battle of Trenton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

10
589 198
Battle of Bunker Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

11
623 176
Battles of Saratoga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
New York, United States of America

12
499 196
Battle of Antietam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America

13
480 219
Guadalcanal Campaign is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

14
423 184
Vicksburg Campaign is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America

15
524 325
Battle of the Alamo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

16
431 174
Battle of Okinawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Okinawa Island, Japan

17
370 219
Battle of Fort Sumter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

18
378 245
Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Vietnam

19
282 216
First Battle of Bull Run is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Virginia, United States of America

20
332 184
Battle of Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Tennessee, United States of America

21
319 179
Allied invasion of Italy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Calabria, Italy

22
298 189
Battle of Inchon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Incheon, South Korea

23
286 169
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York

24
244 124
Cold War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
zxray added Europe

25
236 169
First Battle of the Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

26
323 173
Battle of New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Chalmette, United States of America

27
210 181
Philippines Campaign is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Philippines

28
214 255
Battle of the Little Bighorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Montana, United States of America

29
216 185
Battle of Pusan Perimeter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Busan, South Korea

30
207 152
Battle of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Georgia, United States of America

31
299 158
Battle of Chosin Reservoir is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

32
230 197
Battle of Khe Sanh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Khe Sanh, Vietnam

33
171 151
Battle of Princeton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

34
185 143
Battle of Chancellorsville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Virginia, United States of America

35
182 114
Gulf War is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Persian Gulf

36
233 144
Battle of San Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
JacobCuellar added Deer Park, Texas, United States of America

37
190 117
Battle of Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fort McHenry Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

38
189 185
Battle of San Juan Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

39
130 72
French and Indian War is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
North America

40
205 128
Meuse-Argonne Offensive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Forest of Argonne, France

41
137 84
Battle of the Chesapeake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Ryuo added Atlantic Ocean - Decided the American Revolution, allowed the Siege of Yorktown. A rare strategic defeat for the Royal Navy.

42
145 154
Second Battle of the Marne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

43
147 119
Battle of Hue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Hue, Vietnam

44
163 204
Operation Market Garden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

45
170 48
Battle of the Coral Sea is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
ErikBaran added New Guinea

46
152 97
Battle of Fredericksburg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Virginia, United States of America

47
158 80
Combined Bomber Offensive is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
sebbzor added Germany

48
154 141
Gulf of Tonkin incident is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Gulf of Tonkin

49
113 164
Battle of Long Island is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
New York City, New York, United States of America

50
213 156
Liberation of Kuwait campaign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History