There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
People ask "Why couldn't Lincoln let them go in peace?" Nobody ever asks why the South couldn't come back in peace because everybody knows that they were completely willing to fight. If it wasn't Ft. Sumter, it would have been something else. Lincoln had a vital national security interest in seeing the Union preserved - If Maryland and Delaware followed the other slave states, that would have left Washington completely surrounded by a hostile nation. As it was, the only thing separating DC from the Confederacy was the Potomac.
Simply put, a peaceful separation was impossible.