American History Timeline
American Involvement in Wars from Colonial Times to the Present

Dates

War in Which American Colonists or
United States Citizens Officially Participated

Major Combatants

July 4, 1675 -
August 12, 1676

King Philip's War

New England Colonies vs. Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Nipmuck Indians

1689-1697

King William's War

The English Colonies vs. France

1702-1713

Queen Anne's War

The English Colonies vs. France

1744-1748

King George's War

The French Colonies vs. Great Britain

1756-1763

French and Indian War (Seven Years War)

The French Colonies vs. Great Britain

1759-1761

Cherokee War

English Colonists vs. Cherokee Indians

1775-1783

American Revolution

English Colonists vs. Great Britain

1798-1800

Franco-American Naval War

United States vs. France

1801-1805; 1815

Barbary Wars

United States vs. Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli

1812-1815

War of 1812

United States vs. Great Britain

1813-1814

Creek War

United States vs. Creek Indians

1836

War of Texas Independence

Texas vs. Mexico

1846-1848

Mexican War

United States vs. Mexico

1861-1865

Civil War

Union vs. Confederacy

1898

Spanish-American War

United States vs. Spain

1914-1918

World War I

Triple Alliance: Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary vs. Triple Entente: Britain, France, and Russia. The United States joined on the side of the Triple Entente in 1917.

1939-1945

World War II

Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan vs. Major Allied Powers: United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia

1950-1953

Korean War

United States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China

1960-1975

Vietnam War

United States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam

1961

Bay of Pigs Invasion

United States vs. Cuba

1983

Grenada

United States Intervention

1989

US Invasion of Panama

United States vs. Panama

1990-1991

Persian Gulf War

United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq

1995-1996

Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina

United States as part of NATO acted peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia

2003

Invasion of Iraq

United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq

 

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