Here's a few references to the state of affairs in Kentucky before and after
the Bird raid from the letters of John Floyd. They may be useful in your
writing about the capture. I just picked out the interesting parts. The rest
deal with the uneventful news dealing mostly about claiming land and family.
Draper Manuscript Collection, 17CC: 130-132.
Letter of Captain John Floyd "Wilson's Station 5th May 1780"
"I think near three-hundred large boats have arrived at the Falls this spring
with families, & corn can be bought now for thirty dollars."
Letter of Captain John Floyd "Bear Grass May 31st 1780."
"We have very little news in Kentucky but what relates to Indians &c. and
they seem determined to make this neighborhood the seat of war this season.
Abram Chaplain and another man left the Tawas about the 27th of April, and
bring accounts that about 600 English with the united Enemy Indians are now
preparing to march against the Falls with artillery: I have no doubt about
the truth of this report, and unless their intentions are frustrated by Col.
Broadhead who I hear is about to carry on an Expedition against the Shawnese,
it is very likely they may succeed in their design. Col. Clarke at the mouth
of the Ohio with his regiment, and most of the people who have no families in
the country are flying to the settlement, and others who cannot go declare
against defending the country because they have no land. We have engaged a
few spies to go up the Miami & bring us word when the Enemy are on this
march, that we may with what few men will go attack them as far from our
settlement as possible. I hear they united down the Miami & Ohio in Boats so
that I doubt we shall be able to annoy them very little in so large a River
as the Ohio which they will get to before we can have intelligence."
Letter of Captain John Floyd "August 25th 1780"
"The occurrences in this Country in the course this summer would far exceed
the bound of a Letter and as Mr. Madison is going in it will be useless to
enumerate them - The stroke the Enemy has made at Licking has raised many
doubts and fears in the minds of the Inhabitants so that numbers are
preparing to remove back to the interior parts of the country."
"From what I have seen of the situation of the Enemy's Country they can at
any time they please carry on a campaign against this part of the country
with equal success to that above without some considerable alteration in our
affairs for the better, or the immediate interposition of Providences. We
have no spies out, nor had we one on Duty when the attack was made on the
Garrisons at Licking. And although they were twelve days in going from the
Ohio, and cleared a wagon road great part of the way they were never
discovered till they marched in sight."