Alexandre BROUSSARD dit BEAUSOLEIL - LE GRAND DÉRANGEMENT
After yet another war erupted between Britain and France in 1754, the Acadians were again caught in the middle of it. When British and New England forces attacked Fort Beauséjour at Chignecto in June 1755, Broussards were among the area Acadians who were serving in the fort as militia, though they may have left the fort a few days before it surrendered on June 16. Governor Lawrence was so incensed to find so-called French Neutrals fighting with French regulars at Beauséjour that he ordered his officers to deport the Chignecto Acadians to the southernmost British colonies on the Atlantic seaboard. In mid-October 1755, the British transported Alexandre Broussard dit Beausoleil and his nephew Victor to South Carolina aboard the British warship HMS Syren. They were transported in chains, under heavy guard, along with other Acadian "troublemakers." They reached Charleston in late November and were held in close confinement on Sullivan's Island outside of the city.
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