Some of Lincoln’s strongest support came from the “48er’s”, predominantly German socialists
who were thrown out of power in the 1840’s. They subsequently moved to the U.S. (mainly in the Midwest) and comprised a powerful pro-Lincoln voting bloc. Their belief in strong centralized government made them perfect Lincolnites and, unlike their ideological descendants - the modern-day “neoconservative new world order chickenhawks” - many of them actually saw combat duty in the Union Army.
Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans April 2012 newsletter [pdf]