Nursing in the war, Louisa May Alcott fell ill with typhoid pneumonia.  She got medicine which gave her mercury poisoning and she was never fully healthy again.  On March 4, 1888, Louisa’s father died at the age of 88.  Two days later, Louisa died because her body had grown weaker from the mercury poisoning.  She died in Concord, Massachusetts at the unfortunate age of 56.  At her funeral, the minister said, “So this daughter, such a support to her father on earth, was needed by him even in heaven.”