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t repaired, and a new bridge to be built across the canal. The wharf, having its piers undermined by the sea current and its wooden superstructure much decayed, requires to be rebuilt. The fortification cost the Federal Government half a million dollars. Fort Caswell is a first-class fortification, of a hexagonal form, built of massive Northern granites masonry, having two tiers of guns under bombproof casemates, and one tier of guns en barbette. It is situated at the entrance of Cape Fear river, two miles from Smithville. Its armament consists of twelve 32 pounders, twenty-two 24-pounders, four 18-pounders, four 12 pounders, three field-pieces for flanking defences, six flank howitzers, six eight-inch howitzers, (heavy,) two ten-inch mortars and two Coehorn mortars — in all eighty-seven guns. The work is surrounded by ditches and advanced works, and is in every particular a first-class work. It cost the Federal Government $571,000. Its war garrison consists of 400 men. The