Lets discuss the 1860 Peace Commissioners. We see them get mentioned like this.
As if the Southerner Commissioner were all sweetness and light interested in only peace light likeYou seem to have forgotten the peace Commissioners the Confederacy sent and was rejected? This does away with this post about wanting war. Besides that, Lincoln wanted those "impost" (money) that the Union was not going to get. He was the one that really wanted the war so he was the cause of it.
Then someone just has to interrupt this pretty picture.
Let us discuss.And the reason that the so called "peace commissioners" were rejected/not recognized? Because they were there to maneuver/trick/intimidate the Lincoln Administration into accepting Southern independence and thus receive foreign recognition. Their presence was also used as a tactic to delay any--unlikely at that point-- rash response from the North to give the Confederates more time to prepare for the possibility of war. From the link below that provides a brief overview:
The commissioners were never formally received by the Lincoln administration. Using intermediaries, they communicated indirectly with Lincoln's secretary of state, William H. Seward. These negotiations, which continued until April 8, were complicated and confusing as each side sought its own advantage.
The three commissioners wanted recognition for the Confederacy and the transfer of federal forts and other property. They believed the Lincoln administration, and especially Seward, were committed to avoiding war, and would, therefore, yield to their demands. However, if pressure and threats did not gain the forts, the commissioners were prepared to back away from a confrontation in order to buy time. Delay would allow the Confederacy to consolidate its political and military position. The Confederacy could then resort to force. In either case, the commissioners assumed that the Confederacy's permanent existence was an established fact.
Seward also sought to avoid a confrontation over the forts. He wanted to give Unionist elements in the seceded states time to rally, and to keep the upper South in the Union. On a number of occasions, Seward gave assurances to the commissioners, via intermediaries, that Sumter would be abandoned. Seward's statements increasingly reflected his own hopes for a peaceable, voluntary reconstruction of the Union, rather than Lincoln's policy.