So, I went online and did a search for Captain Rufus Tilden and the War of 1812. There was some information about him at History of Moira, New York
Another link to this site for a history of the battle.
History of Fort Covington, New York (Part 1)
This provided some additional information, but I was seeking even more details.
The reference for these articles was Frederick J. Seaver, Historical Sketches Of Franklin County and Its Several Towns, Published by J. B. Lyon Company, Albany, NY 1918, Library of Congress copyright free, http://history.rays-place.com/ny/ft-covington-1-ny.htm
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My next step is a little out of sequence as I was researching in ancestry.com to look under stories and publications for Rufus Tilden. There was referenced the same book as referenced above. When I clicked on the link it was suddenly obvious that the full book is available on ancestry.com. It has been digitally scanned and has OCR indexing, which is critical, as the original book does not have an index. All three brothers show up indexed in the book from a list of men who served, but not specifically addressed in the history. Upon exploring the book I found two additional sections that provide an even clearer picture of the service of this company. These are included in the section of Malone, where he enlisted at, and includes a chapter on the War Influences on that town. The second section was on Franklin County and the War of 1812.
Mr. Seaver explains how he gathered authoritative data rather piece-meal from people of the area who had knowledge of the events that occurred. He states that, "The suggestion has been urgently made to me now and again by various parties that the information acquired concerning Malone and Franklin couny affairs during newspaper work here covering a period of forty years, together with the data at my command contained in the files of the Malone Palladium, make it a sort of public duty that I prepare and publish a history of Franklin county."
The book is available in fully readable digital format on several websites. Copies of it are also available for sale. Even though I have used the book online, I hope someday to obtain an original copy.
With gratitude to Mr. Seaver, and having found no other history of the company of Captain Rufus Tilden, I learned much more about Ardil's service and POW experience. This is the type of material that brings our ancestors story to life. The author mentions several types of records he utilized in gathering this information and points me in the direction of further research. We must push ourselves to dig deeply for the serendipity moments of discovery in our research.