The era of the Seven Years’ War, for better or worse, will probably always be identified in American historiography as the pre-Revolutionary period, and historians will no doubt go on looking there, as many already have looked, for harbingers of the Revolution. But there are dangers in this approach. The easily forgotten point is that at the close of the Seven Years’ War no living soul in Massachusettes could foresee the coming separation from Great Britain, and no one desired it. With the conclusion of the war in 1763, Amerian commitment to the empire reached its zenith. […] New Englanders were pleased to be part of the British system […] and were proud to have participated in the British triumph. They embraced British heroes as their own. […] It is therefore puzzling to find this fund of good will exhausted in less than a decade and a half, and richly ironic to see veterans of the Seven Years’ War taking up arms again in 1775, against the redcoats beside whom they had so recently served.
— A People’s Army: Massachusettes Soldiers & Society in the Seven Years’ War by Fred Anderson [pg 23]