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(I'll address the only part of your post that I consider interesting enough to answer.)
Basically, Lincoln was willing to negotiate with the South about everything except the collection of the tariff which was vital to the govt.'s revenue.
The federal government collected most of it's tariffs in Northern ports, not Southern ones, besides of which, tariffs were not the issue that led to Southern secession. That fable has been told too many times and has always come up dry of fact.
53 million dollars collected in 1860 tariffs does not even come close to the 4 BILLION dollars of human property, the primary reason for unilateral secession in the slave-holding states.