April 19 (Tuesday) 
Lying near the breastworks. Canister & balls flying rapidly. Our dead lying all about Fort Williams and Fort Magazine. I was detailed to take charge of a cooking detail and I had a good and pleasant time at Wagon yard. “Stripes” still wave defiantly over Fort Williams. The ram Albemarle clears the river of enemy vessels. Start back with rations at night. Hoke demands surrender of Plymouth, Wessells refuses.
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. Diary of L.L. Polk, L.L. Polk Papers, Southern Historical Collections, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-CH