Known for his writings on the Napoleonic Wars and military history, this historian, author, and University of South Carolina professor published such titles as The Epoch of Napoleon and On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to
After earning a degree in physics from North Carolina's Wake Forest University, he served during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps. He later received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
During his nearly four decades as a University of South Carolina history professor, he received numerous teaching honors, including the Caroline McKissick Dial Professor of History Award and the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award.
His almost five-decade marriage to Michale Karnes Connelly resulted in a son named Michael and daughters named Alexandra and Rachel.
He and his contemporary, University of Illinois professor Paul Schroeder, were both notable historians and scholars.