War Democrats in American politics of the 1860s were adherents of the Democratic Party who rejected the Copperheads and Peace Democrats who controlled the party. The War Democrats demanded a more aggressive policy toward the Confederacy and supported President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. In the 1864 presidential election, War Democrats and the Republican Party shed its name and formed the Union Party; it nominated Lincoln president and nominated Andrew Johnson, a War Democrat, for vice president. As a result many War Democrats could vote for Lincoln, while avoiding the "Republican" ticket.

To court War Democrats, Lincoln appointed many to high civil and military offices. Some joined the Republican Party, while others remained Democrats.

Prominent War Democrats included:

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  • Silbey, Joel H. A Respectable Minority: The Democratic Party in the Civil War Era, 1860-1868 (1977)

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