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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1,220 345
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

2
1,263 240
Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

3
1,022 179
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

4
787 294
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

5
805 170
Siege of Yorktown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Siege of Yorktown Virginia, United States of America

6
777 197
Battles of Lexington and Conco... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battles of Lexington and Concord Massachusetts, United States of America

7
593 240
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

8
661 212
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

9
521 180
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

10
523 173
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

11
549 146
Battles of Saratoga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battles of Saratoga New York, United States of America

12
424 169
Battle of Antietam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Antietam Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America

13
433 189
Guadalcanal Campaign is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Guadalcanal Campaign Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

14
374 154
Vicksburg Campaign is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Vicksburg Campaign Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States of America

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464 285
Battle of the Alamo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of the Alamo San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

16
376 152
Battle of Okinawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Okinawa Okinawa Island, Japan

17
319 191
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

18
336 214
Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Tet Offensive Vietnam

19
238 193
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

20
294 159
Battle of Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Shiloh Tennessee, United States of America

21
285 150
Allied invasion of Italy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Allied invasion of Italy Calabria, Italy

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22
270 162
Battle of Inchon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Inchon Incheon, South Korea

23
249 150
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

24
203 151
First Battle of the Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

25
187 99
Cold War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
zxray added Cold War Europe

26
186 158
Philippines Campaign is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Philippines Campaign Philippines

27
275 153
Battle of New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of New Orleans Chalmette, United States of America

28
184 226
Battle of the Little Bighorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of the Little Bighorn Montana, United States of America

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196 162
Battle of Pusan Perimeter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Pusan Perimeter Busan, South Korea

30
274 140
Battle of Chosin Reservoir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

31
180 136
Battle of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Atlanta Georgia, United States of America

32
210 177
Battle of Khe Sanh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Khe Sanh Khe Sanh, Vietnam

33
166 122
Battle of Chancellorsville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Chancellorsville Virginia, United States of America

34
147 135
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

35
209 126
Battle of San Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
JacobCuellar added Battle of San Jacinto Deer Park, Texas, United States of America

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173 163
Battle of San Juan Hill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of San Juan Hill Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

37
168 102
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
149 101
Gulf War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Gulf War Persian Gulf

39
184 114
Meuse-Argonne Offensive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Meuse-Argonne Offensive Forest of Argonne, France

40
105 59
French and Indian War is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
French and Indian War North America

41
114 73
Battle of the Chesapeake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Ryuo added 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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127 140
Second Battle of the Marne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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147 191
Operation Market Garden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

44
129 110
Battle of Hue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Hue Hue, Vietnam

45
134 86
Battle of Fredericksburg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fredericksburg Virginia, United States of America

46
101 149
Battle of Long Island is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Long Island New York City, New York, United States of America

47
147 36
Battle of the Coral Sea is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
ErikBaran added Battle of the Coral Sea New Guinea

48
138 131
Gulf of Tonkin incident is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Gulf of Tonkin incident Gulf of Tonkin

49
142 71
Combined Bomber Offensive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
sebbzor added Combined Bomber Offensive Germany

50
197 145
Liberation of Kuwait campaign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History