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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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1,162 328
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

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2
1,224 221
Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

3
976 171
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
752 281
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
770 162
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
749 188
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
575 225
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
638 205
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
500 174
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
501 168
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
523 142
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
422 181
Guadalcanal Campaign is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Guadalcanal Campaign Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

13
402 165
Battle of Antietam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Antietam Sharpsburg, Maryland, United States of America

14
352 152
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

15
447 276
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

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363 147
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
306 186
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
329 206
Tet Offensive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Tet Offensive Vietnam

19
226 188
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
282 155
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
274 145
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

22
259 157
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
236 147
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
195 142
First Battle of the Atlantic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

25
182 147
Philippines Campaign is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Philippines Campaign Philippines

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171 91
Cold War is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
zxray added Cold War Europe

27
264 142
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
187 155
Battle of Pusan Perimeter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Pusan Perimeter Busan, South Korea

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172 219
Battle of the Little Bighorn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of the Little Bighorn Montana, United States of America

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266 132
Battle of Chosin Reservoir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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203 169
Battle of Khe Sanh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Khe Sanh Khe Sanh, Vietnam

32
170 132
Battle of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Atlanta Georgia, United States of America

33
159 117
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
142 128
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
201 120
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

36
166 157
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

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178 106
Meuse-Argonne Offensive is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Meuse-Argonne Offensive Forest of Argonne, France

38
160 98
Battle of Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Fort McHenry Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

39
140 94
Gulf War is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Gulf War Persian Gulf

40
98 54
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

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108 67
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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125 130
Second Battle of the Marne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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146 180
Operation Market Garden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History

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126 103
Battle of Hue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Hue Hue, Vietnam

45
127 80
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
98 143
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
138 64
Combined Bomber Offensive is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
sebbzor added Combined Bomber Offensive Germany

48
133 123
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
135 32
Battle of the Coral Sea is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
ErikBaran added Battle of the Coral Sea New Guinea

50
135 123
Battle of Chapultepec is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Battles in US History
Battle of Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico