Old-"Try this. It would be sort of like jump starting the alternator. Run a wire from the + side of the battery to the diode the side that is hooked to the alternator. If it charges then you have a problem with you wire or diode"
You were right. Although,I ran the jumper to the quick connect instead of the #1 spade on the alternator. I still had the 2 prong wire clip in the loop. This explains why it did not work.