“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth…” The quote itself was written by a promising future politician, Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
The American people hold this statement close to them, representing one of the most important moments in the history of the world. The patriots of the American colonies took up arms while blaring this statement at their enemy, the British. Over the course of the next 240 years, the American nation grew, through ideas, and government, but also by the outcomes of conflict.
What determines an important battle? What is so strategic about one? Is the amount of deaths and slaughtering that occurs a factor? All are true, but at the end of the day, the ones that have the most prominent impact on the United States and perhaps the world are the battles that were put on this list. Battles that have reshaped borders, gave birth to new movements, and gone down in the history books as moments of tremendous importance were all factors that were seen in the United States as a result of the Revolutionary War.
This is the beginning of a journey, one spanning back over two centuries that includes valiance, courage, and for the list, importance of an outcome. From Concord to Iwo Jima to Fallujah, Americans have fought and died for their ideals and country.