January 26, 1826-December 14, 1902
When Julia Boggs Dent was about 12 years old she and her friends at the boarding school she attended in St. Louis named the occupations they hoped their individual future husbands would have. Julia, who had been reading a novel titled The Dashing Lieutenant, told her friends emphatically that she wanted to marry a gallant, brave dashing soldier. This little girl with an idealistic vision for her future little knew what awaited her as the wife of America's greatest soldier, Ulysses S. Grant. All of that was yet to come when Ulysses and Julia "shared one of the great, romantic beautiful loves of all American history." Bruce Catton
The first link below will take you to a chronological summary of Julia's life with a list of references. The succeeding links have other information related to Julia.
Julia believed herself to be psychic. She had one very striking vision at the time Grant was in great peril at Belmont, Missouri early in the War.
While resting one day in their little home in Galena she says she "distinctly saw Ulys a few rods from me. I saw only his head and shoulders, about as high as if he were on horseback." She called out to him, "Ulys!"
A few days later she learned from her husband that this was at the same time he was thinking of her very intensely and what would happen to her and their children should he be lost in the War.
This is a highly unusual picture of Julia because she is facing the camera, something she never liked to do because of her eye condition. From Peterson Magazine, N.S. Vol. 7, no. 6, June 1897, p.615 (shortly after the dedication of Grant's Tomb) Available in Hathitrust.
Colonel Dent, not wanting to lose his favorite daughter, offered Julia's younger sister, Ellen (or Nellie), to an astonished Grant, who promptly turned down this outrageous idea. Colonel Dent, like so many coming after him in the future, had to submit to Grant's wishes and give consent, in this case, for his marriage to Julia.