The title of the Post article is a clear victory over the self-serving agendas of certain heritage groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy and a broader unwillingness and/or inability to engage in the most basic historical research.
Those who still have difficulty accepting this can huff and puff all they want. It doesn’t change anything.
I am pleased that Ron Coddington got some press coverage in the article, but I want to acknowledge the crucial work that Myra Chandler Sampson did years before Ron or I came into contact with her. Myra did a wonderful job of gathering the relevant sources that left no doubt as to Silas’s legal status. If I did anything as part of our co-authored essay for Civil War Times it was to bring some organization and context to these materials.