All of Brigadier General John M. Brannan’s Union soldiers and their arms, horses, and rations had reached shore by 9 p.m., October 1, 1862. Among the first units to land were sixty troopers of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. The horsemen spent the afternoon and early evening reconnoitering.
Bearss, Edwin C.
"Military Operations on the St. Johns, September-October, 1862 (Part II) The Federals Capture St. Johns Bluff,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 42
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol42/iss4/5