If you want to document every war fought on American soil, the first step in that process is to define “war” and “location.”
Are we talking about only the mainland United States, or do territories and possessions also count?
Does a single battle count when documenting these wars, or must it be a continued conflict for it to get counted?
You’ll find several definitions online that create different lists. When you want the definitive count for every war fought on American soil, you’ll get eight.
List of the Wars Fought on American Soil
Here is the generally accepted list of the eight wars that were fought on American soil. Although these battles weren’t exclusive to the United States only, they did have actions within the country’s borders.
- The Revolutionary War
- The War of 1812
- The Civil War
- The Mexican-American War
- The French and Indian War
- World War II (Pacific Theater and Oregon Bombing)
- King Philip’s War (Before the U.S. became a recognized country)
- Queen Anne’s War (Also before the U.S. was a country)
Several other conflicts that took place on American soil are considered “wars” by some historians. Here is a look at the disputed list of disputes that could be added to the overall index.
- Cherokee-American Wars
- Second Pennamite War
- Northwest Indian War
- Battle of Sitka
- Tecumseh’s War
- First and Second Seminole War
- Winnebago War
- Black Hawk War
- Texas Revolution
- Missouri Mormon War
- Aroostook War
- Dorr War
- Milwaukee Bridge War
- Bald Hills War
- Pyramid Lake War
- Black Hills War
- Nez Perce War
- Ghost Dance War
- World War I (Ypiranga, Black Tom, Kingsland, Attack on Orleans)
If you include the generalized “War on Terror” that started in 2001, the September 11 attacks on New York City, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 would also make this list. Numerous blogs centered on the theme of past and present geo-political tensions and issues are available online.