Description written by Hitchcock in his scrapbook:
“The above battle was fought by the 132d Regiment of New York Infantry 700 men. 1 Company 99 NY 65 men. A Company of the 1st North Carolina Union troops 40 men. A squadron of 12 NY Cavalry. 120 men with two howitzers and a section of the 3d NY Artillery 20 men. Commanded by Lieut Col and Brevet Brig Genl Geo. H. Hitchcock.
The Confederates made an assault on our out posts 15,000 strong under Gen. Picket at 2 o’clock AM Feby 1st 64 and were held in check until 11 o’clock AM. a sufficient time to make the woods any disposition of our forces to repel him at every point. Our loss was 84 all told. That of the Confederates being 1500 in killed, wounded, and captured including Col Shaw of North Carolina and Major Rhett of South Carolina. The 132d NY were ordered to place the name of the battled on its colors.”
Battle of Bachelor’s Creek NC. Fought Feb. 1st 1864. On Spot’s Farm. Drawn by Cornelius C. Cusick (Indian Lieut Co. D 132d Regt. NY Infantry)
** Cornelius Cusick was a member of the Iroquois Nation: http://www.niagara2008.com/history127.html
Source: George H. Hitchcock papers, East Carolina University Special Collections Library. Link to the collection: http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/956.1