“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.