Thanks for all the replies
Thanks for the advice, every reply has been helpful. It looks like I have no choice but to go back in with a 2 piece post. I will install the top of the post with the 2 braces, and then use a scarf joint to slide in the bottom piece of the post. I believe the best scarf joint for this application will be the tabled splice joint, posted by woodnthings, but without the wedge.
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