Leo Sykes (SCVMC #3) is the retired Captain of SCVMC Company C (originally there was only one Battalion) and lives in Sulphur Springs, TX. In the beginning of the SCVMC there were only 3 Companies and Leo commanded Company C, Captain Kevin Stone (SCVMC #5) commanded Company B, and Captain Shaker Robinson (#76) commanded Company A. The phrase "Ride as you would with Forrest" was coined by Leo after he joined the SCV in 1992, after he read two books on Nathan Bedford, and was very impressed by Forrest's successes against the damn Yankees. He figured you can no longer ride With Forrest because he is dead, and no one can ride Like Forrest - so, a person would have to "Ride as you would with Forrest." Leo joined the newly created SCVMC when he answered an ad in the "Confederate Veteran" magazine in 1997 and believes the term "Mechanized Cavalry" was created by Reuben (Ben) Hamby (#1). Captain Leo Sykes started monthly newsletters for the SCVMC in 1997 and ended them with "Ride as you would with Forrest," which he shortened to RaywwF sometime after February 1998........and that is where we are today!!
This info was compiled after contacting Capt. (retired) Leo Sykes, and Col Kevin Stone and Major Shaker Robinson.
Luke Stetson, #183Major 3rd Battalion.