List of armed conflicts in United States History

This is a sobering list compiled by Youtube history buff Cynical Historian that  I felt I should share here. Note that this is armed conflicts and that this is due to the original poster’s own position on how hard it is to actually quantify a war. Just to give you an idea of how sobering this is, we have only had 8 years of actual peace in our entire history. I intend to give short summaries of each conflict on the list as time goes on so expect this list to be edited a bunch of times. Once again remember what Smedley Butler said” War is a racket”

  1. 1775-83 – Revolution
  2. 1776-95 – Cherokee Wars
  3. 1785-95 – Little Turtle War
  4. 1786-87 – Shays’ Rebellion
  5. 1791-4 – Whiskey Rebellion
  6. 1794 – Nickajack Expedition
  7. 1797-1800 – Quasi War
  8. 1801-5 – Tripoly
  9. 1806 – colonel Smith’s filibuster failure
  10. 1806 – Sabine Expedition
  11. 1807 – Chesapeake Affair
  12. 1810-12 – Patriot War of West Florida
  13. 1811 – Tecumseh’s War
  14. 1811 – Little Belt affair
  15. 1811-12 – patriot war of East Florida
  16. 1812 – filibustering in nacogdoches Texas
  17. 1812-14 – War 1812
  18. 1813-14 – Creek War
  19. 1813-14 – Nuku Hiva Campaign
  20. 1815-16 – Barbary Coast punitive
  21. 1817-18 – 1st Seminole War
  22. 1817-25 – Carribean pirate war
  23. 1819-21 – Long’s filibuster expeditions
  24. 1819-61 – African Slave Trade Patrol
  25. 1821 – Stockton intervenes in Liberia
  26. 1823 – Arikara War
  27. 1826-27 – Fredonian Rebellion
  28. 1827 – Winnebago War
  29. 1831 – 1st Falkland crisis
  30. 1832 – Black Hawk War
  31. 1832 – 1st Sumatra punitive Expedition
  32. 1835-36 – War of the Toledo Strip
  33. 1835-36 – Texas Revolution
  34. 1835-42 – 2nd Seminole
  35. 1836 – 2nd Creek War
  36. 1837 – Osage Indian War
  37. 1838 – 2nd Sumatra punitive expedition
  38. 1838 – Patriot War
  39. 1838 – Missouri Mormon War
  40. 1838-39 – Aroostook War
  41. 1838-42 – Exploration Expedition
  42. 1839 – Honey War
  43. 1842 – Commodore Jones’ Californian mistake
  44. 1843-44 – Perry Expedition to Liberia
  45. 1844 – Illinois Mormon War
  46. 1846 – Bear Flag Rebellion
  47. 1846-48 – Mexican War
  48. 1847-55 – Cayuse War
  49. 1849-55 – Jicarilla War
  50. 1849 – California Chilean War
  51. 1850 – Provo War
  52. 1850-1 – Mariposa War
  53. 1850-62 – California Indian Massacres
  54. 1850-53 – Yuma War
  55. 1851 – Johanna Expedition
  56. 1853 – Koszta affair
  57. 1853 – Walker’s Mexican Invasion
  58. 1853-54 – Walker War
  59. 1854-60 – Second Opium War
  60. 1854-1941 – Yangtze River Patrol
  61. 1854 – Grattan Massacre
  62. 1854-61 – Bleeding Kansas
  63. 1854 – 2nd Falkland crisis
  64. 1854 – 1st Sioux War
  65. 1855 – Battle of Ty-Ho Bay
  66. 1855-8 – Yakima War
  67. 1855-58 – 3rd Seminole
  68. 1855-56 – Rogue River War
  69. 1855-57 – Walker’s Invasion of Nicaragua
  70. 1855-56 – Puget Sound War
  71. 1856 – Tintic War
  72. Beaver-Mackinac War
  73. 1856 – Watermelon War
  74. 1856 – San Francisco Vigilance stand-off
  75. 1857 – Utah Mormon War
  76. 1857 – Crabb Massacre
  77. 1858 – Antelope Hills Expedition
  78. 1858 – Spokane Coeur d’Alene War
  79. 1858-59 – Mohave War
  80. 1858-59 – involvement in 2nd opium war
  81. 1858-64 – Navajo Wars
  82. 1859 – Pig War
  83. 1859-61 – Cortina Troubles
  84. 1859-60 – Mendocino War
  85. 1860 – “Battle” of Pease River
  86. 1860 – Paiute War (Pyramid Lake)
  87. 1860 – Battle of Anton Lizardo
  88. 1860-73 – Chiricahua War
  89. 1861-1865 – Civil War
  90. 1861 – Bombardment of Qui Nhon
  91. 1861-63 – Owens Valley Indian War
  92. 1862 – Dakota War
  93. 1862 – Sagebrush War
  94. 1863-64 – Shimonoseki campaign
  95. 1863-65 – Colorado War
  96. 1864 – 1st Battle of Adobe Walls
  97. 1864-68 – Snake War
  98. 1865 – Powder River Expedition
  99. 1865-70 – Hualapai War
  100. 1865-72 – Black Hawk’s War
  101. 1866 – General Sherman Incident (Korea)
  102. 1866-68 – Bozeman Trail War
  103. 1866-71 – Fenian Raids
  104. 1866-71 – Yahi Raids
  105. 1867 – Formosa Expedition
  106. 1867 – Van Zandt Rebellion
  107. 1867 – Hancock’s Campaign
  108. 1867-75 – Comanche Campaign
  109. 1868-69 – Sheridan’s Campaign
  110. 1870 – Battle of Boca Teacapan
  111. 1870 – Kirk-Holden War
  112. 1871 – Korean Punitive Expedition
  113. 1871-75 – Yavapai War
  114. 1872-73 – Modoc War
  115. 1873-75 – Virginius Affair
  116. 1873-81 – Colfax County War
  117. 1874 – Brooks-Baxter War
  118. 1874 – Honolulu Courthouse Riot
  119. 1874-75 – Red River War
  120. 1876 – Liberian-Grebo War
  121. 1876-77 – Great Sioux War
  122. 1877 – Nez Perce War
  123. 1878 – Bannock War
  124. 1878 – Lincoln County War
  125. 1879 – Sheepeater War
  126. 1879 – White River War
  127. 1879-81 – Victorio’s War
  128. 1879-1924 – Apache Renegade Period
  129. 1882 – Egyptian Expedition
  130. 1885 – Panama punitive expedition
  131. 1885-86 – Geronimo Campaign
  132. 1887 – Crow War
  133. 1889 – Samoan crisis
  134. 1890-91 – Ghost Dance War
  135. 1891-93 – Garza War
  136. 1892 – Johnson County War
  137. 1893 – Hawaiian coup d’etat
  138. 1895 – Bannock Uprising
  139. 1896 – Yaqui Uprising
  140. 1896-7 – Leadville mine war
  141. 1898 – Battle of Sugar Point
  142. 1898 – Spanish American War
  143. 1898-1899 – Samoan civil war
  144. 1899-1902 – Philippine Insurrection
  145. 1900-1901 – Boxer Rebellion
  146. 1901-1913 – Moro Wars
  147. 1903 – Panamanian Revolution
  148. 1903-04 – Colorado Labor Wars
  149. 1903-25 – Honduras Interventions (Banana Wars)
  150. 1904 – Santo Domingo Affair
  151. 1904 – Perdicaris incident
  152. 1908 – Cuban intervention
  153. 1909 – Crazy Snake (Smoked Meat) Rebellion
  154. 1909-10 – 1st Nicaraguan Intervention
  155. 1910 – 2nd Liberian Grebo War
  156. 1911 – Battle of Kelley Creek
  157. 1911-19 – Mexican Border Wars
  158. 1912-13 – Cabin/Paint Creek strike
  159. 1912-1925 – 2nd Nicaraguan Intervention
  160. 1913-14 – Colorado Coalfield War
  161. 1914 – Occupation of Veracruz
  162. 1914-15 – Bluff War
  163. 1915 – Kru-Liberian War
  164. 1915-34 – Occupation of Haiti
  165. 1915 – 1st Caco War
  166. 1916-17 – Pershing Punitive Expedition
  167. 1916-24 – Occupation of Dominican Republic
  168. 1917-18 – World War I
  169. 1918 – Battle of Bear Valley
  170. 1918-20 – Russian Intervention
  171. 1918-20 – 2nd Caco War
  172. 1919 – Red Summer
  173. 1920-21 – West Virginia Coal War
  174. 1922-41 – Yangtze Patrol
  175. 1923 – Posey War
  176. 1926-33 – 3rd Nicaraguan Intervention
  177. 1927-41 – China Marines
  178. 1929 – Les Cayes Massacre
  179. 1931 – Red River Bridge War
  180. 1932 – Bonus Army Conflict
  181. 1936-38 – Lincoln Battalion in Spain
  182. 1937 – USS Panay sinking
  183. 1941 – USS Reuben James, Kearny
  184. 1941-45 World War II
  185. 1945-49 – Operation Beleaguer
  186. 1945-48 – Operation Blacklist Forty
  187. 1950 – Puerto Rico revolts
  188. 1950-53 – Korean War
  189. 1954-61 – MAAG in Vietnam
  190. 1958 – 1st Lebanese Intervention
  191. 1961 – Bay of Pigs
  192. 1961-64 – Green Berets in Vietnam
  193. 1963-73 – Operation Barrel Roll
  194. 1964-73 – Vietnam War
  195. 1964 – Panamanian canal zone riots
  196. 1965 – Dominican Republic Intervention
  197. 1966-69 – Korean DMZ conflict
  198. 1967 – USS Liberty incident
  199. 1970 – Cambodian Campaign
  200. 1970 – Kent State shootings
  201. 1971 – Operation Lam Son 719
  202. 1975 – Evacuation of Saigon
  203. 1975 – Mayaguez incident
  204. 1978-79 – 4th Nicaraguan Intervention
  205. 1980 – Operation Eagle Claw
  206. 1981-90 – Recent Honduras Interventions
  207. 1982-90 – 5th Nicaraguan Intervention
  208. 1982 – Task Force Sinai establishment
  209. 1983 – Grenada Intervention
  210. 1982-84 – 2nd Lebanese Intervention
  211. 1986 – bombing of Libya
  212. 1987-89 – Persian Gulf tanker war
  213. 1987 – USS Stark incident
  214. 1988 – Operation Praying Mantis
  215. 1989 – Operation Just Cause (invasion of Panama)
  216. 1991 – Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War)
  217. 1991-2003 – NFZ over Iraq
  218. 1992 – 1st Somalia Intervention
  219. 1992-95 – Bosnian Intervention
  220. 1993-4 – 2nd Somalia Intervention
  221. 1993-4 – Haitian Intervention
  222. 1996 – Khobar Tower bombings
  223. 1996-99 – Kosovo Crisis
  224. 2001-present – Afghanistan
  225. 2003-10 – Iraq War

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