From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bruner, Peter

(born: 1845  -  died: 1938) 

Peter Bruner was born enslaved in Winchester, KY. After several attempts at running away, he finally succeeded in 1864 by enlisting in the Union Army at Camp Nelson, KY. For two and a half years, he served in the 12th U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment - Company G.

Bruner next settled in Ohio, where he attended school and got married. He was later employed at the Western Seminary near Oxford, OH and also worked at Oxford College and Miami University. [Oxford and Western Seminary were merged into Miami University.]

Peter Bruner is buried in the Woodside Cemetery in Oxford
For more see A Slave's Adventures Toward Freedom; Not Fiction, but the True Story of a Struggle, by P. Bruner [full-text available at UNC University Library Documenting the American South website].

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“Bruner, Peter,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 25, 2024,

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