Charles Deschamps de Boishébert et de Raffetot (1727-1797)
Born in Québec in 1727, Boishébert, a French officer, participated as early as 1746 in numerous French military operations in Acadie, where he tried to counter the British advances into the territory and to make sure that the Acadians remained loyal to the French Crown. After the capture of the French Fort Beauséjour in June 1755, Boishébert continued his operations against the British, patrolling all of what is today south-eastern New Brunswick to prevent other systematic deportations of Acadians. In 1756, he established his headquarters in Miramichi and hundreds of Acadians took refuge there. Boishébert arrived in Louisbourg after it was captured and was greatly criticized by many of his contemporaries for his late arrival and the fact that he had not participate in the battle. In 1759, he commanded the Acadian militia in Québec. After the fall of Canada he settled in France and was later imprisoned in the Bastille after being accused of embezzling funds destined for Acadian refugees in Miramichi.