This day up and to the walls and found the enemy more numerous and closer than the previous night, and his musket shot more true than heretofore and in fact a shot did knock my hat from my head, but I thank God it did not knock my head from my shoulders; it doth appear that the Prince of Parma is on Cadsand for we did espy what we do believe to be his own standard, opposite us to the west is the M. Lamotte his troops; out to the fort for much of the day and amused ourselves by shooting at them whenever they did show themselves and I am sure I did kill at least three myself; Morgan was hurt slightly in the arm from splinters when we were there but it seems no great matter; relieved and to our quarters after dark, and found Sir R.W. writing of letters, the which he says Vere his ensign and sergeant have pledged to carry to Flushing and I did say I had a packet, the which included a letter to Mr. S. and might I have them take it as well, to which he did assent; brought him the packet and fell to supper and to bed.
Luke and his men settle in for the siege. Sluis was defended by a moat and walls on the landward (eastern) side and had a small citadel at the north end of the town facing Cadzand Island and attached by a bridge to the town. The west side of the town was defended by more substantial walls and half way across the river was a collection of small sconces facing La Motte’s forces and connected to each other by footbridges. The men amuse themselves with target practice, using live targets! Splinters of wood blown loose when a bullet or cannon ball hit the palisades could cause quite serious injuries, as the wound could quickly turn septic (think of what happens when you have a splinter caught in your finger, how quickly it becomes infected, then multiply that exponentially). Even though Parma has Sluys all closed up, some messages managed to get through by men swimming out with them.
Calendar of State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth, Volume 21, Part 3: April-December 1587 (1929), pp. 85-98.
Mattingly, Garrett. The Armada. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1959.
Williams, Roger, Sir. The works of Sir Roger Williams. Edited by John X. Evans. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1972.